Connect & Collect | Art in the Forest
It all started with Anthony Shapiro’s 50th birthday but the idea turned into a double celebration last weekend with the opening of ‘Connect & Collect’ the Summer 2015 ceramics exhibition at the Art in the Forest Gallery. It features new work by Anthony: patterned black-and-white thrown bowls (a very beautiful, individually priced limited-edition collaboration with Linda Khuzwayo), as well as collectable works by Charmaine and Martin Haines. It also coincided with the launch of the ‘Forestware Collect’ range: one to watch, given the popularity over the years of his ANT bowls that have found their way into stores in New York, London and Paris.
Martin and Charmaine are both Nieu Bethesda potters. Martin’s most recent sculptural works focus on the hare as a sculptural form, mainly on platters (mainly in green and white, using copper oxide) but also in blue and white. Inspired by early Delft and decorative early 17th-century motives combined with contemporary abstract design elements, he has two unusual pieces on show. The eye-catching, Delft-jacketed hare already has a potential buyer from London – no wonder, as it’s the most beguiling work. By contrast, Charmaine’s work is infused with intense colour although she’s fascinated by ancient cultures, medieval iconic art and African artefacts. Look out for her signature fish and birds on platters, as well as her new portraits. She also exhibits a range of sculptural vessels with carving and texture adding a strong sense of surface pattern.
The exhibition runs until 31 January, so head up into the forest (just 800m up the mountain from the fruit sellers at Constantia Nek circle) and you’ll discover the gallery and bustling studio in a beautiful Bauhaus building with magnificent views. All proceeds from the sale of Anthony Shapiro’s bowls go directly to the Outreach project with children through the Light from Africa Foundation. Works from the Centre for Ceramic Excellence at Art in the Forest is also for sale at the V&A The Watershed.
Text: Michelle Snaddon
Photographs: Michelle Snaddon, supplied