Clementina van der Walt is a well-known South African studio potter, based in Cape Town, who has in the past four decades lectured, run a production studio and held many one-person shows. Together with her partner Albie Bailey, they run Clementina Ceramics Studio and a separate store in Woodstock.
“My intention is to ‘seek the sacred in the ordinary’,” says Clementina. She believes that making contemplative and utilitarian objects by hand forms a necessary antidote to the information overload of the 21st century.
Clementina’s aesthetic inspiration is drawn from the patterns, colours, and textures in the urban African and rural landscapes, and she applies the techniques of press molding, casting and throwing, using earthenware clays, slips and underglazes.