Roelof Uys: Works Of Function, Works Of Art

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Preview (all welcome): Friday 6 July 2018, 6-8pm
Exhibition: 7 July - 7 October 2018.

The Leach Pottery is excited to announce ‘Roelof Uys: Works Of Function, Works Of Art’. Roelof’s first solo show since joining the Leach Pottery 5 years ago, this exhibition presents an exclusive body of work comprising 200 new pots. It features functional domestic wares like mugs, teapots and sake cups, as well as larger decorative jars, chargers, and vases.

Eclectic in influence, ‘Works Of Function, Works Of Art’, responds to Roelof Uys’ early experiences as a potter in South Africa and to his work in today’s Leach Studio. Roelof has undertaken a series of studies examining the different aspects of his material practice. For example, one body of work focuses on how tenmoku glaze reacts with the clay beneath. Similarly, Roelof also focuses on amber, celadon, copper, and white glazes. There is also a selection of wood fired pieces.

As Lead Potter, Roelof Uys supervises the training and management of full-time potters, apprentices, interns, volunteers, and oversees the design and production of Leach Standard Ware. He began as the Leach Pottery’s Senior Production Potter in May 2013, becoming the Lead Potter in 2017.

Roelof Uys studied Art at East London Technical College, South Africa, and founded his first ceramics studio in Limpopo Province in 1992, where he collaborated with potter Solomon Matatoko. He went on to work in Knysna as a Resident Potter at Bitou Crafts, founded by Clementina van der Walt, before starting his own production pottery in Cape Town, where he also served on the Committee of the Western Cape Potters Association.

The exhibition runs in the Leach Pottery Entrance Gallery.
All works for sale. Prices from £25 to £800.