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CLIVE SITHOLE CERAMICS (article first published : 2005-08-30)

From September 8, well-known Durban ceramist Clive Sithole is to host an exhibition at the Menzi Mcunu Gallery at the BAT Centre.

This is Clive's first exhibition at the BAT Centre since he joined the centre's Artists in Residency in the visual arts studio. Clive's studio is on site and he has produced some innovative and stylish ceramics for this new exhibition.

Clive was born in Soweto, Gauteng on April 10, 1971, and developed a flair for fashion design from a young age. He attended the London International School of Fashion Design and from there he started a business designing and sewing clothing.

In 1986 he met and was inspired by Philemon Lerata from the ceramics department of the University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal) in Pietermaritzburg. In 1997, Clive moved to Durban and joined the Babumbi Clay Project, which was coordinated by Cara Walters. During his training at the Babumbi Clay Project, his potential was noticed by Juliet Armstrong who invited him to attend classes in the department. It was here that he gained further knowledge and developed a love for traditional firing.

Clive has exhibited at the National Crafts Council (held at the ICC in 1994), the Association of Potters of SA Exhibition at the NSA Gallery in 1997, the FNB Vita Craft Now 2000 Exhibition (in 2000) and the African Art Centre with Rodney Blumenfield in 2002. He has designed a trophy for Price Waterhouse Coopers Premier Award Biennial International Competition in 2001 and was an invited artist at the Sanlam Art if Investment Awards in 2002.

He has achiever numerous awards and his works can be found in the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the Tatham Art Gallery, the Muhle Museum, the Mandela Collection, the Magaline Odundo Collection, the Phanzi Museum, the Kimberly Museum, the Vukani Museum, the Durban Art Gallery and the Bloemfontein Museum.

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