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FROM THE FIRE (article first published : 2006-06-24)

Louise van Niekerk, who has been involved in ceramics for more than 20 years, has studied ceramics at the Free State Technical College and privately.

She produces a wide range of ceramics from earthenware and stoneware to Raku and smoke fired ceramics. It is especially in her Raku and smoke firing where she pushes the boundaries, for example, working with paper clay.

In her work, Louise is inspired by contrasts: “The contrast between the strive towards technical perfection and what the fire will give back to you is for me the magic of Raku and smoke firing,” she says.

From the Fire, an exhibition of her work, runs at the Tatham Art Gallery until August 6.




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