- Andile Dyalvane
Andile Dyalvane presented a hand-built vessel created during a recent residency at Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall (UK). Over 30 of these Leach Pottery Residency works are now on display at the Southern Guild Gallery at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town until 29 February 2020. This body of work is the result of a unique collaboration of Dyalvane’s artistic virtuosity, history, stories, and direct experience of being at the Leach Pottery studio.
Dyalvane’s presence at Leach – founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, and widely considered the birthplace of British studio pottery – opened a window onto a fascinating juxtaposition between his African-inspired ceramics and Xhosa culture on the one hand, and British studio pottery and coastal village life on the other. Many of the works include references to the local landscape and materials and engage with the storied history of the Leach studio.
Over the course of eight weeks, Dyalvane worked prolifically, creating experimental pieces that radiate a newfound dynamism. The artist locates the origin of this movement in his own energetic shift, as he works with a greater sense of abandon and an even deeper commitment to his spiritual lineage and internal exploration.