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Ashleigh Christelis


I am a Johannesburg based potter where I run my teaching studio and live with my youngest son.

I work in two techniques, throwing and coiling. My coiled vessels are made with paper porcelain, which I produce, and resemble bandages. They represent the bandaging up of wounds or broken parts of ourselves that need bandaging up so that healing may take place.

This series of bandaged pots resemble buds, the newness, the budding of something fresh and new, a new beginning of sorts.

The thrown vessels are porcelain with decals that I make of my own pen drawings. They are a quiet meditation, drawing on the beauty of the plants I see around me daily. I live with Bipolar Disorder and I embrace the vast difference in my making techniques, just as I am learning to embrace the vastness of my moods.