Andile Dyalvane


Celebrated ceramicist Andile Dyalvane knows how to mould a simple lump of clay into a unique work of art. Inspired by his cultural heritage, the 33-year-old Eastern Cape artist creates exquisite bowls and vases, which he decorates with traditional scarification designs. His style is simple and inventive and he enjoys seeing the delight on people's faces when they encounter his work for the first time. Dyalvane has come a long way from the small village of Ngobozana, near Qoboqobo, where he was born and grew up. He studied at Sivuyile Technical College in Gugulethu and at the Port Elizabeth Technikon, before making his name in 2003 with a solo exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town. His accolades include a Design Icon and Master Crafter award from the Cape Craft and Design Institute, and an Elle Decoration International Design award. Dyalvane says he tries "never to lie� either in art or in life. � Ngoako Matsha

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