Visiting Artist: Clive Sithole

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 4:00pm



Saturday, March 7, 10 am – 4 pm

Tuition: $150.00, members $75.00


Clive Sithole will present a one-day workshop to share his coilbuilding forms and techniques. He will show different building techniques, in particular making forms with small bases and tricky necks. Clive will discuss his surface decorations and imagery, and his treatment of burnishing the surface for low fire applications. He will talk about his background in South Africa and his ceramic experiences and travels, including influences and their effect on his work.

Clive is Mudflat’s Artist in Residence, 2019-2020.

Clive was born in Soweto, South Africa. He earned a post-graduate diploma at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2007, and has since been honored with many national awards. He traveled around South Africa to study and work with local potters, including Zulu and Venda ceramic artists. He has led workshops internationally, traveling to Nigeria to study the Udu ceramic drum, and to the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, England, to work with Magdalene Odundo. In 2018, Clive presented a workshop with Zulu potters Jabu Nala and Thembe Nala, demonstrating their traditional and contemporary coil building techniques and surface treatments.

Clive explores social issues of land, race, politics and culture in his work, utilizing traditional Zulu techniques, symbols, and firing techniques to enhance his work. He has exhibited his work internationally and is included in collections in museums in South Africa, Germany, Denmark, and the United States.


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