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Ann Marais
Started working with clay in 1970. Took it up as a full-time occupation in 1977. Started out making functional stoneware pots. Moved into making raku-fired ware which I did for 20 years. BFA at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, majoring in sculpture and theory of art.

Spent 8 years producing smoke-fired ware. Latest work is in porcelain doing figurative sculpture, occasionally produce bowties and functional ware.

Taken part in over 100 exhibitions in South Africa and abroad (France, Italy, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Namibia). Finalist in the 2004 Brett Kebble Award. Work in various museums – The Corobrik Collection, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, Durbanville Clay Museum, William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley, Ann Bryant Art Gallery, East London: Instituto d’Arte Castelli, Teramo, Italy and Musée de Ceramique, Vallauris, France. Since mid 2005 all work has been porcelain sculpture concentrated on the human figure.