This may not be about food, but it’s local and it’s food related. Pottery and ceramics play a vital role in presentation and deserve their share of the foodie spotlight.
Twice a year, in early autumn and late spring, the Western Cape branch of Ceramics Southern Africa hosts the Potters Market in Rondebosch park. I’d been warned to get there early and I did – just after 8 – and already the place was filling up fast.
I was on a budget, both financially and due to space restrictions, and had limited myself to 6 desert/ soup/ pasta bowls (which I needed) and a something pretty (which I didn’t). I chose 6 of these grey and white bowls by Theresa Wormser, each one a different design and in 3 different sizes. I’ve admired her work in the shops, but could never afford the prices. Direct from the source they were R50 each.
I couldn’t get over the painstaking precision with which Sally Louw decorates her beautiful bowls and questioned the affects on her eyesight. She says the benefit to her psyche outweighs any damage to her vision. This is her therapy and I can believe it – hours of total absorption.
I couldn’t quite figure out if I found these ceramic bunnies endearing or creepy – either way, I kept going back for another look. I love Marinda Rossouw’s style.
My something pretty came from Iris Stuck Pottery. I bought a green Fynbos bowl for serving and display purposes. I fell for this hard working potter and her long-suffering young daughter who gave me the inside scoop on her mom: she works too hard and this massive display was her mothers interpretation of constraint. They reminded me so much of my daughter and I back in my potty days.
I’d admired this woman’s hand painting earlier in the day, much to her apparent disbelief. When I walked past later, her near-empty table was swamped with new fans and she looked even more incredulous than before.
Zizamela Ceramics based in Noordhoek, is an artists collective which receives support and training from various sectors, the aim being for the artists to run the business themselves one day, constantly expanding and employing more locals. They are a talented bunch.
The Potters Market didn’t disappoint. With over a hundred potters, ceramicists, sculptors and everything in between, there was something for everyone. I just wish it had been held over two days. It takes time to justify this kind of purchase and I needed a day to look, an evening to reflect and another day to buy. I would have loved one of Sally Louw’s bowls, and those damned weird bunnies…
Held on the second last Saturday of March and November, 8am to 3pm.
Free entry. Dogs welcome.