Hennie Meyer

Hennie Meyer

Artist Statement

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

‘Vaaskolonie’ An installation of 336 vases 10-14cm (h) ceramic R500each

‘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.

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