'More Fired Up’ – a group exhibition of contemporary ceramics is being presented by the KZNSA Gallery as an extension of the ‘All Fired Up: Conversations between Kiln and Collection’ exhibition which was showcased recently at the Durban Art Gallery (DAG).
This exhibition rekindled public interest in ceramics and due to public demand the KZNSA, working together with the DAG exhibition curator Jenny Stretton (Curator of collections) is presenting a reconfigured collection of ceramic works. Having long outgrown the title of ‘pottery’, contemporary ceramic art is a fusion of art and science as its practitioners devise ever-more innovative ways reinvent their clay.
Almost without exception, the artists speak of the transformational power of the kiln – it is a magical sacred space that has no master, manipulating elements at an alchemic level – God knows what Faustian deals are done as the artist closes the door of the kiln!
The invited artists are either lecturers or MA graduates from the Ceramic Departments of both Durban University of Technology and University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg.
The exhibition will be opened by Jenny Stretton, The Durban Art Gallery Curator of collections.