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Louise Gelderblom NowHere

In November, Capetonians will have a rare opportunity to view a body of recent works by one of South Africa’s foremost ceramic artists.  Louise Gelderblom has been working mainly in clay for the last 15 years.  Her large hand-built vessels, in muted neutrals or zingy black and white, are great favourites of international collectors, designers and architects. Most of the 150 pieces that Louise produces each year go abroad: she is represented in private and public collections in New York, Los Angeles, Spain, Paris, Australia and the Middle and Far East. Louise’s totems are rarely seen in this country as they are usually created to order and exported directly to overseas buyers.

Working at a scale and in a style that sets her apart from her peers, Louise’s ceramics can be roughly divided into three categories: elegant monochromatic trophies, large sculptural vessels of almost a metre tall, and very tall totems of over 2 metres. Each piece is hand built and unique. The surface markings are meditative and organic, yet there is nothing haphazard about them. In describing her approach Louise loves to quote Milan Kundera’s who, in ‘The unbearable lightness of being’ holds that “Happiness is the longing for repetition”.

In addition to the ceramic work, Louise will show a collection of paintings and drawings. These range in subject matter from a contemplation of nature versus the built environment to portraiture, including the oil titled “David holding a big black cock”.

Louise’s show, titled NowHere, will run from 31 October until 15 November at her fabulous house in Newlands. Make an appointment by calling Louise on 082 658 3568, email louise@louisegelderblom.com or view the electronic catalogue on her website at www.louisegelderblom.com.


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