FIRED’ – an exhibition of South African ceramics

  • Posted: Feb 22, 2012

On exhibition from 26 February 2012

‘FIRED’ – an exhibition of South African ceramics will open in the Granary at the Castle of Good Hope on 26 February 2012. The exhibition will be launched by leading South African ceramic artists, Hylton Nel and Andile Dyalvane on Saturday, 25 February at 10:30 am.

Ceramics, shaped by human hands and transformed by fire, is simultaneously art and craft, durable yet fragile, embodying both abstract ideas and practical utility. The exhibition celebrates the artistry of southern African potters and ceramic artists from the archaeological past to the present. Drawn from the vast collections of the Iziko Social History department, the exhibition reflects the coming together of museum collections, previously separated by apartheid.

Focusing mainly on ceramics made or used in South Africa, the exhibition brings together the work of rural African potters, local studio pottery, imported wares of historical significance and contemporary ceramics. It embraces the diversity of both locally-made ceramics and those that found their way to southern Africa through networks of trade and commerce. The objects on exhibition have been collected over almost a century through archaeological excavation, fieldtrips, donations, sponsorships, purchases from commercial galleries and at auction, or acquired directly from artists.

The exhibition gives visitors an opportunity to think about the historical and cultural connections among the ceramic works on exhibition, Iziko is proud to host an exhibition dedicated to the art of South African ceramics and invites visitors and learners to celebrate the joy, beauty and the many-layered meanings of objects made of fired clay, which has such a long tradition in Africa.

To coincide with the opening of ‘FIRED’ and a special installation ‘101 Place Settings’ will be set-up in the Lady Anne Barnard Banqueting Hall at the Castle. The Banqueting Hall’s long table can seat 101 people. For only a week, from 26 until 4 March 2012, this table will be filled with an array of dinnerware settings, reflecting the exuberant and eclectic style of contemporary South African ceramics made for the table. Artists from the Western Cape and other parts of South Africa will be participating.

‘FIRED’ - an exhibition of South African ceramics will be on exhibition at the Granary, Castle of Good Hope from 26 February 2012. The exhibition can be viewed daily from 09h30 to 15h30, except on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Enquiries can be directed to Esther Esmyol on Tel. 021 467 7205 or email
Alternatively contact Nomapatho Mesele on Tel. 021 467 7218 or email


Iziko Museums (Iziko) operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium and the Social History Centre in Cape Town. The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections which reflect our diverse African heritage. Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation which brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure. The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, as well as unlimited free access to individuals aged 18 and under (excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium).

  • Castle entrance fees and opening hours:
  • Open: Daily 09h30-15h30
  • Closed: Christmas Day & New Year’s Day
  • Visitors 17 years & older: R28 (SunR20)
  • Pensioners with SA pensioner cards: R15 (Sun R10)
  • Students with SA student cards: R12 (Sun R5)
  • Children: Under 5 years free; 5-16 years R12 (Sun R5)
  • Booked school groups: R5 per learner


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