Rain Falling On The Sea


John Newdigate & Ian Garrett


Hand Painted, Glazed Porcelain, 2019


36cm H x 55cm D


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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

2018    Flying Into The Wind, Nuweland Gallery, Netherlands

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

Group Exhibitions

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


William Fehr Collection, Iziko Museums of South Africa

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

 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

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

International Collections

 Indiana University Collection, USA

University of Aberystwyth Collection, UK

Private collection of HRH Duke Franz of Bavaria, Germany


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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

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 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

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