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.
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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Zizipho Poswa @zizipo_poswa tells us about her latest, large-scale works in her 'Magodi' series of ceramic sculptures. 'Magodi' (a Shona term for traditional African hairstyles) celebrates the majesty and heritage of African women, in particular the female role models in the artist's life. 'Magodi – Noxolo' (named after her aunt), 'Magodi – Nozibhedlele' (named after her mother) and 'Magodi – Amanda' (after a close cousin) are all hand-coiled and glazed or painted in vivid hues. "My work is inspired by African women because I was raised by a strong woman, in a community full of women," says the Cape Town artist. #southernguild #ziziphoposwa #ceramics #ceramic #ceramicartist #ceramicart #ceramicsculpture #sculpture #africanwomen #africanwoman #xhosa #magodi #newwork #videointerview #artistinterview #africanartist #africanart #southafricanartist #africanhairstyles #bantuknot #dreadlock #collectible #gallery #artgallery
See more at southernguild.co.za.