KZN Midlands, RSA


Taking inspiration from hand coiled African Ukhamba, Moroccan water urns and Chinese Ginger Jars, ceramic artist Trayci Tompkins brings a contemporary twist to her work.


South African pottery is rich in traditional with low fired clay ‘Ukhamba’ beer potsĀ  – a round clay vessel, hand coiled and blackened by fire in an open pit. It is to these simple forms that ceramic artist Trayci Tompkins refers, when constructing her own range of smoke fired work. Slowly hand built with coils of clay, paddled into shape, then burnished with a stone, these elegant pots are then packed into a pit of sawdust and set alight. It’s a result of the smoldering sawdust and other combustibles that give each piece their random and spontaneous markings. Hardly surprising then, to know that no two can ever be the same.


Images of ancient storage vessels, Chinese Jars and highly decorated Italian Renaissance ceramics all gather thought in the mind of the artist as she creates her statement legacy urns. The urns are hand coiled, carved and decorated with coloured slips. Each reflecting a story with strong ‘African Queen’ imagery.


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