Gulls Wheeling Over A Turbulent Sea

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John Newdigate & Ian Garrett


Hand Painted And Glazed Porcelain, 2018


49cm x 44cm


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John Newdigate is one of South Africa’s most celebrated ceramicists and artists. Living in the mountainous Overberg region of the Western Cape, he is inspired by terrestrial themes and abstracted forms, and colours drawn from the natural environment around him. He is an exuberant colourist and specializes in painting hand-built, porcelain vessels with underglaze pigments. Newdigate exploits colour to its full advantage, using multiple washes to build up subtle rich layering. Complex, transluscent and radiant imagery emerges from a mix of sharp and blurred lines which give depth and perspective. A variety of themes recur in his work, most notably plants and animals that are used to make wry commentary on human emotions and interactions.

“I am an artist who chooses to paint on ceramics. My large painted porcelain vessels embrace a love of colour and depict my immediate surroundings. Recent works are a collaboration with master hand-builder Ian Garrett, who creates forms with subtle and taut curves that are an ideal surface on which to express my ideas. 

Working on a three dimensional surface, of which half is obscured at any one time, allows for the narrative to be revealed as the viewer circles the work. This introduces time as a fourth dimension, in which imagery unfolds as static animation”. 

– John Newdigate, 2019

Solo Exhibitions

2020    ‘Colourground’ (in collaboration with Ian Garrett), EBONY/CURATED, Franschhoek, South Africa

2018    ‘Flying Into The Wind’, Nuweland Gallery, Netherlands

2016    ‘Square Clouds in a High Sky’, EBONY/CURATED, Franschhoek, South Africa

Group Exhibitions

2021    ‘In [the] Loop, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

2020    ‘Re-Imagining Clay in South Africa in the 21st Century’, EBONY/CURATED, Franschhoek, South Africa

2020    ‘Intersect Chicago’ Online Fair, Chicago, United States of America

2020    ‘Nature Morte – The Still From Life, Rupert Museum, Cape Town, South Africa

2019    ‘AKAA (Also Known As Africa)’ 2019, Paris, France

2019    ‘Investec Cape Town Art Fair’, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

2016    ‘8th Talent Award of the Nassauische Sparkasse’ Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Germany

2009    ‘Potters 4 Function’, Irma Stern Musuem, Cape Town

2008    Group Exhibition, Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek

2008    ‘Mike Donkin’s Choice’, Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch

2007    ‘Greenhouse Effects’, A.R.T. Gallery, Cape Town

2007    ‘North South East West’, curated by Barbara Lindop, Johannesburg

2006    ‘David Walters and Friends’, William Humphries Gallery, Kimberley

2006    Renault Group Exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

2005    Barbar Lindop, Invited Renault Artist Exhibition, Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal

2004    Group Exhibition, Bayside Gallery, Durban

2003    Rose Korber Art Salon, Camps Bay, Cape Town

1999 – 2001    Annual Studio Exhibition, Kalk Bay, Cape Town


Iziko Museums of South Africa, Cape Town

South African Cultural History Museum, Cape Town

William Humphries Public Art Gallery, Kimberley

Renault South Africa Corporate collection, Johannesburg

Anglovaal Industries Corporate collection, Johannesburg



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.

Solo Exhibitions

2021.   ‘Polyrhythmic Clay’, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa.

2020 ‘Colourground’ (in collaboration with John Newdigate), EBONY/CURATED, Franschhoek, South Africa.

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

Group Exhibitions

2020    ‘Re-Imagining Clay in South Africa in the 21st Century, EBONY/CURATED, Franschhoek. 

2019    ‘A Different Perspective’, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany.

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           

‘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).

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

International Collections

Indiana University Collection, USA

University of Aberystwyth Collection, UK

Private collection of HRH Duke Franz of Bavaria, Germany

Die Neue Sammlung Design Museum, Munich, Germany.

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, U.S.A.


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

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