ABOUT IAN GARRETT
Ian Garrett was born in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. He now lives and works in the Western Cape.
His masterful work has grown out of a life-long fascination with the primordial ceramic technology of hand-building, burnishing and pit-firing. Informed by an expert knowledge of archaic traditions, Garrett’s nuanced, hybrid vessels appear both timeless and strikingly contemporary.
Original forms and highly refined, intricate surfaces characterise Garrett’s oeuvre, with glossy burnished areas contrasted against elaborate swathes of matt-textured linear motifs. Suggesting finger-prints, cartographic contours or magnetic force-fields, these lines appear to make visible hidden energies within the clay fabric.
2017 ‘Behind the Lines’, EBONY/CURATED, Franschhoek, South Africa
2013 ‘The earth is watching us’, Kim Sacks Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2007 Kim Sacks Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2019 ‘Connected By Fire’, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, Cape Town
2015 Gyeonggi International Ceramics Biennial, Icheon, Korea
2014 Taiwan Ceramics Biennial, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2012 ‘Earth Revelations’, Amaridian Gallery, Manhattan, New York, USA
2011 ‘Confluence: Ian Garrett and Rae Hearn’, Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town, South Africa
2010 ‘Barbara Lindop at Home’, Johannesburg, South Africa
2009 ‘Ukucwebezela:To Shine’, Faulconer Gallery, Grinell College, Iowa and Indiana University Art, Museum, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
2009 ‘Jabulisa’, Gallery Aloft, Sydney, Australia
2008 ‘World Ceramics : Transforming Women’s Traditions’, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, U.S.A.
2007 ‘Homage to Nesta Nala’, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
2006 ‘Sankofa African Ceramics’, The Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, U.K.
1997 M.A.F.A. cum laude in Ceramics, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
1994 Post Graduate Diploma in Ceramics, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
1992 B.F.A. in Sculpture, Rhodes University
2015 Smithsonian Institute Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship at the National Museum of African Art, Washington DC.
2001 First National Bank South African Vita Craft Award (1st Prize).
1998 South African Potter’s Association National Award.
1995 First National Bank Vita Craft Award (2nd Prize).
1995 South African Potter’s Association Natal Regional Award.
South African Collections
South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Durban Art Gallery
Iziko Museums – Social History Collection, Cape Town
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth
Pretoria Art Musuem, Corrobric Collection
Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
Vukani Zulu Cultural Museum, Eshowe
William Humphrey’s Art Gallery, Kimberley
Indiana University Collection, USA
University of Aberystwyth Collection, UK
Private collection of HRH Duke Franz of Bavaria, Germany
Coetsee, Elbe. Craft Art in South Africa: creative intersections. 2015. Jonathan Ball Publishers, Jeppestown. Pg 90-93. ISBN 978 1 868426 14 0
Perrill, Elizabeth. Zulu Pottery. 2012. Print Matters (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town. Pg 78, 79. ISBN 978 0 9802609 9 1
Von Dassow, Sumi. Low Firing and Burnishing. 2009. A & C Black, London. Pg 24, 25, 54, 61, 63-65. ISBN 978-1-4081-0636-5
Coetsee, Elbe. Craft Art in South Africa. 2002. Struik Publishers. Pg 82 -83. ISBN 1 86872 768 8
Sellschop,S, Goldblatt,W & Hemp,D. 2002. Craft South Africa. Pan Macmillan S.A. Pg 77 & 81 ISBN 0 62029227 X
Gers, Wendy. 2012. Opening the treasure chest. Art South Africa Vol 10 Issue 04. Suzette and Brendon Bell-Roberts Publishing. Pg 54-59
Garrett, Ian. 2008. Burnished Vessels. Ceramics Technical Issue No. 26. Ceramics: Art and Perception, Australia. Pg 43 – 47
Sellschop, Susan. 2007. Investing in Culture Vol 3: Ceramics in South Africa. Supplement to Classic Feel Magazine. DeskLink Media, South African Dept. of Arts and Culture. Pg 18 -19