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1st Dec 2022
Arts & Culture

Art Focus: Kira Brown

My initial interest in pottery began on the decoration side, specifically on ready-made bisque – once-fired clay. I decided to decorate a dinner plate using a simple stripe pattern on the rim …. And I was hooked!Primarily self-taught, I decided 15 years ago it was time to share with others the world of clay!

I love pattern and colour and the way in which one can create a truly beautiful item using simple techniques. When working with raw clay, I love imprinting found items, such as plants and shells, into the clay. Even kitchen utensils are regularly found in the workshop…… having being used to create an interesting pattern!

Having always been encouraged to (literally) feel a piece of artwork, be it sculpture or cloth, it seemed a natural progression to create my own art.Clay and even decoration thereof is a very tactile and therapeutic experience, and it is fascinating to watch the changes it undergoes, be it from the way the item shrinks to the way the glazes change from dull to vivid when fired.

Current stockists include Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Padstal (George) and the Gift Shop at the Wilderness Hotel. I also do commission work – from wedding favours to fireplace surrounds.

For those wanting to experiment with clay or decoration thereof, I encourage them to “leave perfection at the door”.  It is something that literally, anyone can do. The look of surprise and joy on people’s faces is priceless when they see their finished piece.  From baby and pet prints to children’s’ birthday parties to kitchen teas to a group of friends getting together to team building – I will arrange a workshop tailored to your requirements. Build a clay pot or paint a ready-made mug – anyone can create their masterpiece!

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