Van Vuuren wins premier ceramics award

The Potters Association of Namibia (PAN), along with its main sponsor Capricorn Private Wealth and the National Arts Gallery of Namibia, announced the category winners of the 10th National Ceramics Biennale.
With 32 years’ experience in pottery, Jacqui Jansen van Vuuren was announced as the Premier Award winner, while Mitchell Gatsi won the People’s Choice Award and Margo Timm walked away as Promising Beginner.
The Wheelwork category went to Genie Albrecht, ahead of Carola Lorck and Betsie van Rensburg in second and third position, respectively. Anita Steyn, Uschi Ramakhutla and Sharon Flewellen won the top three spots in the Handwork category.
The first and second Sculpture prizes went to Mitchell Gatsi, while Filemon Kapolo won third place. Eliina Bainga scooped up the first and second prizes in the Rural category, while Emelda Sinvula won the third prize. Andrea Horsthemke, Uschi Hallwachs and Charlene Vorster were announced as the top three in the New Signature award category.
Spectacular pottery
With entries received from novice and experienced potters across the country; from the most rural parts in the Zambezi region to professional studios in Windhoek, Swakopmund, Keetmanshoop, Rosh Pinah and Lüderitz, the opening evening was a showcase of spectacular pottery, judged and curated by Anthony Shapiro, renowned South African ceramicist and pottery teacher and Prof Hercules Viljoen, distinguished Namibian artist, and former lecturer at the University of Namibia.
Capricorn Private Wealth’s Executive Officer, Fouché Brand, said that he applauds the Potters’ Association for their commitment to taking on the responsibility of organising this event again. “I trust that the art fraternity and its allies will enjoy and appreciate the work on display at the exhibition.”
Van Vuuren and Gatsi encouraged all pottery enthusiasts to come in numbers and experience Namibian pottery at its best. The exhibition runs until Friday, 16 September 2022, and all artworks are for sale.
For more information on pottery, contact PAN at [email protected] or visit their website, .