Ralph at 80
11 November 2023
Participating: Various artists
November is ceramics month and during this time we will be celebrating clay in four new upcoming ceramic exhibitions.
Salon A : Ralph at 80 Solo Exhibition
Well-known ceramist, Ralph Johnson, will be celebrating his upcoming 80th birthday with a solo exhibition. As a self-confessed glaze junkie the new work shows many recently developed glazes and exciting new combinations. For this exhibition Ralph has made several large moon jar type vessels covered with highly textured glazed surfaces, an installation of 80 slip cast bottles as well as wheel thrown porcelain bowls and tea bowls. Included in the show is a wall piece consisting of test tiles used to develop his signature textured glazes accompanied by a special collection of tea bowls. Ralph believes there are no limitations on creativity nor on materials. His philosophy is "know the rules first before you can break them".
CUBE: Bowl: Function to fantasy - An exhibition exploring creative possibilities of the familiar
Connected to Ralph's exhibition will be an installation in the CUBE in the Clay Museum by 30 artists who have at some stage been taught or mentored by Ralph. These former students were invited to create bowls which reflect his teaching philosophy of pushing boundaries and "taking it further". To name a few participating ceramists: Wiebke von Bismarck, Hennie Meyer, Martin Swart, Tamlin Blake, Nelis Koegelenberg, Hugo de Villiers, SW van der Merwe, Kate van Putten and Alessandro Pappada.