Inspired by the unique beauty of the Cape Floral Kingdom, this year’s Franschoek Art in Clay Festival at La Motte is set to feature some of the best ceramic artists and their works. Bring the family for a day of fynbos-inspired art amid the Franschoek Mountains.

Today the DECO team are being treated to a wonderful preview of the Art in Clay festival – make sure to check out our Instagram to see what we’re experiencing; we’re very excited to share it with you!

Jo Pentz, white earthenware, Protea Collection
Jo Pentz, white earthenware, Protea Collection

It’s with a passion for the conservation of art as well as the natural habitat that has seen this year’s theme combine to form the focus on our indigenous plant life. And with the perfect setting, La Motte Wine Estate’s flora and fauna set the stage for this truly stunning exhibition, entitled Fragile Fynbos.

John Bauer, hand formed porcelain bowl detail (5)
John Bauer, hand formed porcelain bowl detail

Invited to the event are some of the best ceramicists in South Africa, each having created a bespoke ceramic tableware set that reflects their botanical inspiration. Look forward to featured works from John Bauer, Elsje Burger, Ceramic Matters, Paul de Jongh, Diane Harper, Amelia Jacobs, Hilda Kruger, Catherine Landman, Ineke Nicolle, Jo Pentz, Lisa Ringwood, Janie Siebert, Sue van Rensburg, David Walters and Sarah Walters.

Ineke Nicolle, porcelain with printed Protea from shwe-shwe material
Ineke Nicolle, porcelain with printed Protea from Shwe-Shwe material

WHAT TO EXPECT

Just in case the gorgeous ceramics and setting aren’t enough, there’ll also be the following available:

  • The La Motte Museum will feature specially selected decorative pieces depicting the influence of flowers, on loan from Iziko Social History Collection.
  • Senior Horticulturist for Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cherise Viljoen, will give a talk on Fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom on 19 November*
  • For guests attending the talk, Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant will prepare a special Cape Winelands Cuisine menu.

* The talk costs R80, with an optional Cape Winelands Dinner for an extra R250. When making a reservation, guests must please indicate whether they will be attending the dinner.

Elsje Burger, Protea bowl, stoneware and 9ct gold, slipcast and handwork
Elsje Burger, Protea bowl, stoneware and 9ct gold, slipcast and handwork

WHEN

24 October – 28 November 2015

The Fragile Fynbos exhibition, La Motte Maturation Cellar:

  • Monday to Saturday, 9am – 5pm

The Historic Exhibition, La Motte Museum:

  • Tuesday to Sunday, 9am – 5pm

WHERE

R45 Main Road, Franschhoek Valley

 

 Images: Supplied


 

FIND OUT MORE

For reservations to the talk or more information please Eliz-Marié Schoonbee:

+27 (0)21 876 8850 | museum@la-motte.co.za | la-motte.com

For more information on the Art in Clay Festival visit

franschhoek.org.za