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Chuma Maweni Ceramics Presentation and demonstration

Sat Oct 14, 10:00 - Sat Oct 14, 14:00

Nirvana Farm


Join us on the Nirvana Fynbos Reserve during flower season for a presentation and demonstration by accomplished and celebrated ceramist, Chuma Maweni.

Presentation outline:

Life, work and recent residency in Austria, followed by a short Q&A.

Demonstration Outline:

  1. A large scale wheel thrown piece that makes up an ottoman: Wedging, centring, and throwing.
  2. The planning and joining of multiple pieces to create a larger work
  3. Engraving an ottoman. Planning, applying and carving.

Date: 14 October 2023

Time: 10:00 - 14:00

Venue: Nirvana Fynbos Reserve - Nirvana Farm

             Saxonwold Road

             Cape Farms

R500 CSA members (use your promo code during check out)

R750 for non-members 

Refreshments and lunch included

For workshop and venue information please contact:

CSA_WC committee member Rosh Sewpersad: 082 333 8701

For general enquiries, to renew membership or join CSA_WC, please email:

Jodi Maree, CSA_WC administration, at [email protected]

or call/whatsApp 082 645 7020

Refunds are only possible if you contact us before ticket sales close

24hrs notice, emailed to [email protected] before quicket sales close is required for refunds or credit



Chuma Maweni 


A master of hand-thrown ceramics, Chuma Maweni’s distinctive approach combines contemporary hand-coiled shapes marked with precisely patterned incisions. From his studio in Woodstock, Cape Town, he makes exquisitely crafted ceramic vessels and furniture, the latter finding their largest form to date in his sought-after Imbizo series of tables, side-tables and stool. 


Chuma was born in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, in 1976. He traces his interest in ceramics to his earliest memories making clay figures of bulls and cows on the muddy riverbanks. His family fled the anti-Apartheid riots to New Payne Location, just outside Mthatha in the rural Transkei, so he and his seven siblings could focus on their schooling. Chuma graduated with a B-Tech degree in ceramics from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2002 and spent a few years teaching ceramics to rural women in a poverty alleviation programme run by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. 


He moved to Cape Town in 2006 to work at Art in the Forest, a ceramics studio, gallery and outreach centre run by potter Anthony Shapiro. There he mentored and taught other ceramicists while honing his style, garnering local attention for his series of teardrop-shaped vessels and conical pots. Pit-fired with the same techniques used by Nguni tribes before him, their dark, porous surfaces, striking silhouettes and smoky scent established him as a distinctly contemporary ceramicist dedicated to his craft.


Chuma opened his own studio in 2016 and was selected for A New Wave, Southern Guild’s exhibition that showcased emerging designers, that same year. He has had work in the Christie’s Design Auction, at The Salon Art + Design in New York City and Design Miami.


His Imbizo (“gathering” in isiXhosa) table and stool set, made for the 2018 gallery show Extra Ordinary, set in motion a new, more monumental direction for him and saw him apply his intricate carving skills into wood for the first time. It has since spawned an extensive range of stools, which earned Chuma the Object That Moves Award at the 2018 Design Foundation Awards, as well as a 12-seater dining room table. 



Chuma Maweni Ceramics Presentation and demonstration
Nirvana Farm
Saxonwold Rd, Cape Farms, Cape Town
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