Sunday, 24 February 2019

Some favourite African ceramics ...

'Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful,' is the advice I love from William Morris.  With friends stopping by, I decided to reflect our shared South African heritage through the art I love & which often makes it to my sideboard.

You will all be familiar with these 3 lovely statues of animals; they often appear on the sideboard, alongside the beautiful platter that was a gift from my sister. They share the same sort of geometric patterns so just look like they belong together.

These plates are made by the South African ceramic artist Mfuneko Dingiswayo and they appeared together on this sideboard. He was born in Langa in Cape Town in 1979 & he has a very distinct style with raised details & vibrant colours & patterns which reflect the global nature of African art.

I am quite partial to guinea fowl which are found all over Southern Africa so the iconic images are so special to me & to others familiar with Africa.

All these items have been collected over a long time & they remind me of Africa

 Amarula, the South African version of Baileys is made with fruit from the Marula tree that ferment and animals, particularly elephant, are known to get drunk on the fruit. The company pride themselves on supporting conservation.

This lantern is made from an Amarula tin with cut outs that cast shadows from the candle - it looks lovely at night when lit, a reminder of time spent on safari, sipping Amarula at sunset.

The sideboard was ready for friends with things that we could use straight from it which makes it easier to relax & enjoy company. 

Thank you for your company, stop by again soon,
Dee ~💕~

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