The Potters Association of Namibia (PAN), has announced Jansen van Vuuren who has 32 years in pottery as the Premier Award of the 10th National Ceramics Biennale as Mitchell Gatsi a sculptor of clay and ceramics won the People’s Choice Award and Margo Timm walked away as a Promising Beginner.
The 10th National Ceramics Biennale organised by the Potters’ Association of Namibia was sponsored by Capricorn Private wealth as the main sponsor and the National Arts Gallery of Namibia (NAGN).
The award for the wheelwork went to Genie Albrecht, with Carola Lorck and Betsie van Rensburg taking the second and third prizes, respectively as Anita Steyn, Uschi Ramakhutla and Sharon Flewellen won the top three spots in the Handwork category.
A statement issued by Capricorn Private Wealth said entries for this Biennale were 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 eventual exhibition was a spectacular showcase of pottery, judged and curated by Anthony Shapiro, renowned South African ceramicist and pottery teacher and Professor Hercules Viljoen, distinguished Namibian artist, and former lecturer at the University of Namibia.
Capricorn Private Wealth’s Executive Officer, Fouché Brand, said many similarities can be drawn between Pottery and Capricorn Private Wealth.
“Pottery represents true art. It is unique; it takes immense artistry and holds its value because it is one of a kind. Our offering is unique in the Namibian market; we believe each of our clients is unique. We trust we can protect and grow the financial value of our clients,” he said.