Masters in Fine Arts student Ms Anda Dodo recently showcased some of her ceramic pieces at the Jack Heath Gallery in Pietermaritzburg. This exhibition and walkabout is part of her research work.
To understand the role of the vessel in contemporary ceramics, Dodo focused part of her research on important aspects of ceramic history in Britain and America since the beginning of the twentieth century. It also includes selected contemporary artists such as Ewen Henderson, Wayne Higby and Peter Voulkos, whose work has inspired her own practice.
‘This research enabled me to gain a better understanding of the shifts in thinking about the use of the vessel as a form of expression and a carrier of meaning rather than merely as a container where the utilitarian function was the chief consideration for the maker,’ she said.