Hennie Meyer is a ceramic artist who uses the concept of repetition to cross over into the realm of installation. He makes use of multiples to create larger pieces. Conceptually he is interested in the diverse roles played by individuals in groups.
“Clay is a passion and obsession. It is my preferred means of communication. Observing a group of jugs in my studio sparked my first large scale installations in 2008. An invitation to make a number of extensive ceramic works for Qunci Villas, a boutique hotel in Lombok, Indonesia took these ideas further.”
The concept of repetition and variation are central to the successful Ukusela eKapa project that formed part of Cape Town as the 2014 World Design Capital.
Hennie studied ceramics in Australia and South Africa. He exhibits extensively, both locally and overseas. His work has been included in numerous International and South African public and private collections. His work is covered in several international publications. Hennie and Heleen and their two sons live in Durbanville, Cape Town.
Artist CV highlights
2021 Shortlisted for Martinsons Award, Latvia Ceramics Biennale, Mark Rothko Art Centre, Latvia.
2020 Solo exhibition:Pots with Attitude, The CUBE, Clay Museum, Rust-en Vrede Gallery, Durbanville.
2019 Selected participant in the 2019 Korean International Ceramic Biennale
2019 Solo exhibition: The Twelfth Language, Ebony Curated Franschhoek.
2019 Solo exhibition: X, US Woordfees, Stellenbosch
2018 Curator of Corobrik National Ceramic Biennale, Rust -en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville
2017 Solo exhibition: Full Circle Ebony Curated Franschhoek
2017 Invited artist in residence at Kholia17, Ceramic Symposium in Estonia
2017 Solo exhibition: After the Party at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville
2017 Exhibitor at three Woordfees (University of Stellenbosch) exhibitions including: Bosch in Africa.
2016 Group exhibition: Corobrik Ceramic Biennale. Corobrik acquisition and Highly Commended Award
2016 Nominated for a Woordfees 2016 WoordTROfee for curating the ceramic exhibition: GEBAK
2016 Group exhibition: Huisgenoot 100 – curated by Sandra Hanekom for KKNK, Oudtshoorn
2015 Solo exhibition: Solar – Tim Andrews Gallery, Devon, United Kingdom
2014 Solo exhibition: “Die gras is altyd groener …” – ABSA Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, Oudtshoorn
2014 Cape Town World Design Capital project, Ukusela eKapa
2013 Group exhibition: Wordly goods – Majlis Gallery, Dubai
2012 Solo exhibition: Quinci Inspired – Rust en Vrede Gallery, Durbanville
2011 Commission of outdoor ceramic artwork in Lombok, Indonesia
2010 Ceramic Conversations.- exhibition with Clementina van der Walt at UCT Irma Stern Museum
2010 Solo exhibition: Form and Design – Shanghai, China
2009 Work selected for 5th World Ceramic Biennale, Korea
2008 Solo exhibition: Veelvoud – ABSA Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, Oudtshoorn
2008 Solo exhibition: Stripped – Art.b Gallery, Bellville
2008 Group exhibition: 1st Shanghai International Modern Pot Art Biennale Exhibition, China
2005 – 2010 Exhibitor at Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom
2005 Honourable mention at the Third World Ceramic Biennale in Korea
2004 Winner of Merit Award at the Ceramics Southern Africa National exhibition, Pretoria
2003 Winner of Merit Award at the ALTECH Ceramics Triennial Cape Town
‘Vaas Kolonie’: a nostalgic interpretation
This exhibition is the result of my response to the interior of the building, Ansela’s house, on the Muratie wine estate built in 1685 and now housing the MOK gallery. The installation of vases is a nostalgic yet contemporary interpretation of 17th century ceramics from the East brought to The Cape Colony by the Dutch. Each vase represents one year of the 336 years of the building’s existence. Through glaze experimentation and the ceramic process I use the vase as a vehicle for self expression and exploration. Hennie Meyer April 2021
The exhibition opens on Sunday 16 May at 11am until 16 June 2021.