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Charmaine Haines – South African clayart

 

Charmaine Haines Ceramic Art

Charmaine Haines experienced a pivotal career shift in  2001 when she  vacated her respected position as a lecturer in Ceramic Design at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to devote herself  fully to the production of her own work. In 2002 she relocated to the the small Eastern Cape Karoo Village of Nieu Bethesda where she established a successful studio and Gallery. Here she found renewed inspiration for her work in this adopted environment, which she describes as ‘sympathetic’… allowing for a more direct relationship with materials and consequently, being increasingly in touch with her expressive self.

charmaine haines eramic vessel with abstract motifCharmaine  went on to experience 2 years in France with her family but returned in 2006 to her South African studio, being drawn again to the wide open desert like spaces of the Karoo landscape and the colourful characters that inhabit the region. Charmaine’s reflection — ” This experience gave us new inspiration for our work and a renewed perspective on life. Distancing oneself from the familiar,  forces one to look at and to see things differently. Such an experience affords one the opportunity of gaining new inspiration, a time for work introspection, a time to move on to other things. One is also exposed to different cultures and how others perceive one’s work. It can have the added effect of vulnerability, exposing oneself to a completely new market. All of this is both challenging and invigorating and requires enormous energy. “

Working within the realm of figurative clay, Haines uses both abstract and stylised symbols and motives to embellish both her sculptural and utility forms. Vessels are thrown and altered incorporating sculptural elements and semi-reliefs. Coloured stains and natural oxide washes are used to further exemplify the manipulative and expressive qualitiy of the clay surface, including carving, etching  and textures showing a strong sense of surface pattern. Charmaine Haine’s ceramic creations  reflect her ongoing   fascination and influence from Africa and Ancient Civilizations along with  Medieval iconic arts, all leaning towards  the avant-garde. The unbridled spontaneity and vivid  colours, which are  characteristic of  South African art, is clearly evidenced in her work.

Charmain Haines bird Vessel - Soulth African ceramics

Charmain  Haines green bird Vessel

Charmine Haines Faces Plate

Charmine Haines Abstract Face Plate

Charmiane Haines contemporary bottle

Charmiane Haines contemporary cubist bottle

Charmaine Haines handpainted sculpture

Charmaine Haines figurative hand painted sculpture

Charmaine Haines Pottery vase

Charmaine Haines Pottery vase with green bird motif

Charmaine Haines female face motif vase

Charmaine Haines female face motif vase, ZA

Charmaine Haines cylinder vase

Charmaine Haines cylinder vase

Charmaine Haines platter

Charmaine Haines platter

South African Charmaine Haines vase

Charmaine Haines vase

Charmaine Haines studio

Charmaine Haines studio  workbench

Charmaine Haines woman and bird dish

Charmaine Haines woman and bird dish, ZA

Charmaine Haines large baluster vase

Charmaine Haines large baluster vase

Charmaine Haines with large baluster vase

Charmaine Haines with her ceramics

Charmaine Haines large cubist vase

Charmaine Haines large cubist vase

Charmaine Haines large vase

Charmaine Haines large  iilustrated vase

 

 

Charmaine Haines large vase

Charmaine Haines large  vase

 

 

Charmaine Haines at her gallery

Charmaine Haines

Charmaine Haines abstract teapot

Charmaine Haines abstract teapot

Charmaine Haines abstract dish

Charmaine Haines abstract ceramic dish

Charmaine Haines abstract vase

Charmaine Haines abstract vessel

Charmaine Haines turquoise bird  motif plate

Charmaine Haines turquoise bird plate

Charmaine Haines lidded vessel

Charmaine Haines lidded vessel

Charmaine Haines naked lady vase

Charmaine Haines naked woman vase

Charmaine Haines hand painted charger

Charmaine Haines hand painted charger

Charmaine Haines naked lady dish

Charmaine Haines naked lady 3 birds dish

Charmaine Haines ceramic sculpture

Charmaine Haines ceramic sculptural head

Nieu-Bethesda Gallery South Africa

The Nieu-Bethesda Gallery

vessel9-Charmaine Haines

vessel 9 – Charmaine Haines

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