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Born in Munich, Germany, in 1936, I came to South Africa in the ‘sixties to be married. My five children were born here in Johannesburg.
In order to connect with the African soil and its people, my husband and I avoided urban life, preferring life on smallholdings, where our experiences were quite unique; those were the days of hand water-pumps, gas lighting and the ‘party-line’.
These plates are inspired by the broader social concern for recycling; by the found object; but perhaps more by the curiosity of the potential for beauty that resides in pieces of so-called trash and ungainly things when imprinted in soft clay and after the bisque and glaze firings.
My mood too, will determine the how, rather than the what, of the imprinted objects and give the figures their expression without the need for interpretation.
I completed a Fine Arts degree with Unisa and have been taking pottery lessons with Digby Hoets for many years.