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Anthony Shapiro
I started making pots when I was 13 and never stopped. I dropped out of law school because all I wanted to make was pots and put them into interiors. At 22 years, I knocked on Kim Sacks door at her home in Yeoville, begging her for an apprenticeship. About a year later I started working as a pottery teacher at Ernest Ullman Park Recreation Centre in Morningside, Sandton. I was making pots and started selling them to Décor shops and then my business started to explode. I set up production and started what was to become the popular ‘ANT’ brand of bowls.  They wound up at Conran Stores in London and New York, Anthropologie and ABC Carpet and Home. In 2006 I decided to take a break and went to Ixopo to make bowls in silence for two years. I have always been a ceramic teacher throughout my journey. In 2011 I moved to Cape Town and started teaching from Art in the Forest Ceramic Centre in Constantia Nek and have been appointed as their Managing Director since June 2013.