Fynbos series #1 / Ceramics / Wall Art
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'Fynbos' Series with Protea and Leucadendron -The beauty of nature celebrated in clay, by Yolande van der Merwe. Handmade ceramics with intricate Botanical drawings with soft warm colours in orange and pale green. Can be hung on the wall or placed on a table.
Dimensions: appr (w) 290mm x (d) 75mm
About the 'Fynbos Series'
South Africa's Cape floral kingdom is one of the richest areas in the world for plant biodiversity.
The name Fynbos originates from an Old Dutch word ‘fine bush’. It refers not to one but to all the plants associated with the mountains of the Southern and Western Cape region.
Of the 9,000 plant species found here, a majority are native fynbos vegetation with the Protea one of the most well known.
Yolande van der Merwe (Aka Nyala NZ) is a ceramic artist based in Matamata. Originally from South Africa, Yolande grew up in the Lowveld Region, a beautiful lush and sub tropical area that proved to be very inspirational for the artist as a young creative. She trained as a potter in Nelspruit and worked in her home based studio before moving to New Zealand.
As a child she collected little treasures, like seed pods, pebbles and feathers and is still an avid collector of Nature's treasures today. Leaves and ferns in particular, are a great source of inspiration, from the intricate designs, to the actual leaf used to make imprints into the porcelain.
Yolande loves the duality of porcelain being so fragile in its soft clay stage and firing to a crisp clean white clay beautiful to behold and magical to work on.