Andile Dyalvane: Exhibition

Andile Dyalvane working on new pieces in the Old Pottery

Andile Dyalvane working on new pieces in the Old Pottery

Our Cultures In Constant Collaboration

Preview (all welcome): Friday 28 June 2019, 6-8pm
29 June - 11 August 2019 in the Entrance Gallery

An exhibition of new works made by South African Andile Dyalvane during his Leach Pottery Residency. Each piece, a unique collaboration of Andile’s artistic talents, history, stories, and direct experience of being at the Leach Pottery, will be available to buy for a limited time only.

To date, Andile has been working across several collections - one of which, ‘iindonga’, is based on his childhood adventures in the countryside playing on eroded riverbanks and cattle crossings while herding communal cattle. The collection comprises texture, montages of imprints, and cracks of swirling colour and is foremost in his mind during his Residency.

Born in the year of Shoji Hamada’s passing, Andile’s formative years living in Ngobozana Village introduced his hands to clay. Later, in college, Bernard Leach was introduced as an assigned topic in History of Ceramics studies. It was here that Andile’s desire to pursue collaborative experiences began. Says Andile:

My aim is to explore ideas of functionality, as function is often assigned to objects by community or family leadership in my culture - but how does this relate to the philosophies of Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada and ideas like ‘head, heart and hands’?

Since arriving at the Leach Pottery, I’ve been looking at the traditional glazes that the Studio uses and considering how they could relate to my forms and surfaces. I anticipate using the Leach Gas Kilns to fire the works – this isn’t a process we would ordinarily use in Africa, so this will be an interesting introduction to my work.

One of the themes that runs through my work is soil erosion and the textures and revelations this creates. Hearing stories about how potters threw their rejected pots into the River Stennack, alongside the Pottery, some of my work has begun to engage with this idea and the use of shards. In another piece, I have been exploring bark textures from alongside the Stennack and using gritty inclusions of woods ash from the fireplace in the Old Pottery.

Up to 30 works available to buy, prices ranging from £650 to £8000.