New Works From Zizipho Poswa

WORDS Michaela Stehr IMAGES Hayden Phipps, courtesy of Southern Guild

Ceramic artist Zizipho Poswa’s latest range of vessels celebrates and honours the strength of women in Xhosa culture.

Widely recognised as co-founder, together with Andile Dyalvane, of celebrated ceramic design brand Imiso Ceramics, Zizipho’s latest pieces draw inspiration from tradition and daily rituals that she witnessed as a young girl growing up in the Eastern Cape.

Magodi – Noxolo

Her first full series, Umthwalo, with gallery Southern Guild draws from a practice of women carrying heavy stacks of wood, parcels or water on their heads. Magodi is her latest collection, a series of hand-coiled pieces that celebrate traditional African hairstyles. Each piece is named after a family member or close friend. Noxolo (named after her aunt), Nozibhedlele (named after her mother) and Amanda (named after her cousin) are Zizipho’s largest pieces to date and each took up to two months to complete.

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