Kim Sacks was born in December 1956 – in Johannesburg, South Africa. She spent the first 18 years of her life and South Africa – she then left her beloved African shores and spent the next 10 years traveling – researching & documenting crafts – craft-production – and people’s historical connection to their material culture.
She was first introduced to clay at the age of 12 years old – and has been working in that medium ever since. She is an internationally known Ceramicist, Photographer and Teacher. Her ceramic work is in major public and private collections around the world. She has a masters training from the Danish School of Design – in Copenhagen Denmark, in Ceramics & Glass. She also studied textile design, in 1974, at the Bok Street Art School, in Johannesburg. On her return from Denmark in 1986, she founded the Kim Sacks School of Ceramics in Johannesburg. This school is a thriving centre where ceramics is promoted, taught and made on a full-time basis. She has been involved in training – some of South Africa’s most prominent ceramic names such as Deborah Bell, Anthony Shapiro, Paul de Jongh, Lisa Firer, Jabu Nene, Loren Kaplan, Carolyn Heydenrych, Ozolo Ntshali, Zenzani Mazibuko, Caroline Schultz Viera, just to name a few.
Besides being a well-known internationally known ceramicist, she is also the director of the Kim Sacks Gallery – in Johannesburg – which specialises in cutting edge, Contemporary South African Design – Fine Craft and Folk Art – Her gallery is also known both nationally and internationally for it’s comprehensive collections and exhibitions of Tribal Art and Contemporary Fine-Craft and Design – coming from every corner of the African continent.
She at present lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is married to Swiss Trained, Clock Maker – Cornelius Lehr and has two daughters Maia and Tali. After 43 years of working with clay – she is still fascinated and passionate about her medium – it is definitely an integral part of her very essence.