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CLIVE SITHOLE (article first published : 2001-06-3)

A solo exhibition by Clive Sithole at the African Art is sponsored by The Alliance Franšaise de Durban.

Clive Sithole is a young artist who has developed traditional Zulu beer container's to a new dimension - these have been highly polished ceramics, pit sawdust fired, and decorated with traditional patterns such as amansumpa - incised patterns and relief animals .

Born in Soweto Gauteng, Clive developed a flair for fashion design at an early age. He attended the London International School of fashion design and from there 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, Pietermaritzburg.

In 1997 he moved to Durban and joined the Babumbi Clay Project which was co-ordinated by Cara Walters, a graduate of UND PMB ceramic department. During his training at the Babumbi Clay project, his potential was noticed by Professor Juliette Armstrong who invited him to attend classes in the department where he gained further knowledge and developed a lover for traditional Zulu ceramics and firing techniques.

Clive Sithole has featured on numerous group exhibitions and won several prestigious awards. He has conducted workshops is represented in the Johannesburg Art Gallery and The Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg as well as in many important private collections.




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