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Hylton Nel is a potter, painter and sculptor: a maker of earthen pots and plates and figures built and glazed and painted with a wilful but engaging oddness. His home is in the village of Bethulie in the Karoo, yet the work that he makes there seems to come from a different time and place. There is an other-worldliness about it that suggests a kinship with English pots and ancient Chinese ones, with Staffordshire figures and jade animals, but Nel’s latter day variants are always made in a manner that is uniquely his own. ‘I take both east and west as by cultural heritage’ he has said; ‘I work as best I can with the past for inspiration’. And the past is rich fuel for a rattle bag imagination in which anything and everything (people, places, books, especially books) are hoarded as a potential source. The end result is a sideways view of the world - sometimes funny, sometimes a little sad - an irreverent but intuitive combination of eccentricity and something deeply felt.  

 

 

Butterfly Bowl (720)
Butterfly Bowl (720)

ceramic, 7 x 23.5 cm

Butterfly Bowl (720)
Butterfly Bowl (720) Butterfly Bowl (720)
Butterfly Bowl (714)
Butterfly Bowl (714)

ceramic, 7 x 23.5 cm

Butterfly Bowl (714)
Butterfly Bowl (714) Butterfly Bowl (714)
Butterfly Bowl (717)
Butterfly Bowl (717)

ceramic, 7 x 23.5 cm

Butterfly Bowl (717)
Butterfly Bowl (717) Butterfly Bowl (717)
Butterfly Bowl (719)
Butterfly Bowl (719)

ceramic, 7 x 23.5 cm

Butterfly Bowl (719)
Butterfly Bowl (719) Butterfly Bowl (719)
Happy Birthday Madiba (580)
Happy Birthday Madiba (580)

ceramic, 8.5 x 26 cm

Happy Birthday Madiba (580)
Happy Birthday Madiba (580) Happy Birthday Madiba (580)
Happy Birthday Madiba (584)
Happy Birthday Madiba (584)

cermaic, 8.5 x 26 cm

Happy Birthday Madiba (584)
Happy Birthday Madiba (584) Happy Birthday Madiba (584)
Happy Birthday Madiba (586)
Happy Birthday Madiba (586)

ceramic, 8.5 x 26 cm

Happy Birthday Madiba (586)
Happy Birthday Madiba (586) Happy Birthday Madiba (586)
Black List Plate
Black List Plate

ceramic

Black List Plate
Black List Plate Black List Plate
SA Flag with Bees (650).jpg
SA Flag with Bees (650).jpg

ceramic, 5 x 26.5 cm

SA Flag with Bees (650).jpg
SA Flag with Bees (650).jpg SA Flag with Bees (650).jpg
SA Flag with Bees (651)
SA Flag with Bees (651)

ceramic, 5 x 26.5 cm

SA Flag with Bees (651)
SA Flag with Bees (651) SA Flag with Bees (651)
Radish Bowl
Radish Bowl
Radish Bowl
Radish Bowl Radish Bowl
Man with Spiked Hair
Man with Spiked Hair

ceramic

Man with Spiked Hair
Man with Spiked Hair Man with Spiked Hair
Serpent bowl
Serpent bowl

ceramic

Serpent bowl
Serpent bowl Serpent bowl
Berry Plate
Berry Plate

ceramic

Berry Plate
Berry Plate Berry Plate
Berry Plate II
Berry Plate II

ceramic

Berry Plate II
Berry Plate II Berry Plate II
Green and Blue Children's Drawing Plate
Green and Blue Children's Drawing Plate

ceramic

Green and Blue Children's Draw...
Green and Blue Children's Drawing Plate Green and Blue Children's Drawing Plate
Orange and Blue Children's Drawing Plate
Orange and Blue Children's Drawing Plate

ceramic

Orange and Blue Children's Dra...
Orange and Blue Children's Drawing Plate Orange and Blue Children's Drawing Plate
Plank Lotus Leaf
Plank Lotus Leaf

ceramic

Plank Lotus Leaf
Plank Lotus Leaf Plank Lotus Leaf
Rice Paper in Savoury Sauce
Rice Paper in Savoury Sauce

ceramic

Rice Paper in Savoury Sauce
Rice Paper in Savoury Sauce Rice Paper in Savoury Sauce
Onrust-Lente
Onrust-Lente

ceramic

Onrust-Lente
Onrust-Lente Onrust-Lente
Cranberry Compass Rose Plate
Cranberry Compass Rose Plate

ceramic

Cranberry Compass Rose Plate
Cranberry Compass Rose Plate Cranberry Compass Rose Plate
Small Blue Vase
Small Blue Vase

ceramic

Small Blue Vase
Small Blue Vase Small Blue Vase
Small Blue Vase
Small Blue Vase

ceramic

Small Blue Vase
Small Blue Vase Small Blue Vase
Serpent Bowl
Serpent Bowl

ceramic

Serpent Bowl
Serpent Bowl Serpent Bowl
Serpent Bowl
Serpent Bowl
Serpent Bowl
Serpent Bowl Serpent Bowl