Charmaine Haines trained under Hylton Nel at the Port Elizabeth Technikon and obtained a Higher Diploma in Ceramic Design in 1985. She lectured in Ceramic Design until 2002 when she relinquished her post to devote herself to producing her own work. Working within the realm of figurative clay, Charmaine uses both abstract and stylized symbols and motives to embellish both her sculptural and utility forms. Vessels are thrown and altered to incorporate sculptural and semi-relief elements. Coloured stains and natural oxide washes are used to enhance the manipulative and expressive quality of the clay surface. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in South Africa and overseas. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the Associació Ceramistes de Catalunya Gallery. Barcelona. Spain. Her work has been selected for several Biennales namely, the Internationale Ceramique D'Art Biennale, Vallauris, France, the Johannesburg Biennale and as a finalist for the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Biennial Exhibition in 2006. Her work is represented in numerous public and private collections. She returned to South Africa in 2008 after spending three years in France and now lives in Nieu Bethesda. In 2010 she was made a Fellow of the Ceramics Southern Africa Association in recognition of her contribution to Ceramics in South Africa.
Living and working in Nieu Bethesda, I continue to explore my ongoing fascination for Ancient Cultures, African Artifacts and Medieval Iconic Art which embodies a broad interest in the history of art and craft from ancient to industrial.
The natural Karoo environment plays an integral part in my day to day source of inspiration. It continues to be a place of extremes where the weather has a major influence creating an awareness of both life and death where small things matter.
I’m surrounded by the evidence that the Karoo was once an ancient sea.
- fish and birds have always been part of my iconography. Together with my portraits they've become autobiographical design elements that repeat themselves throughout my work adding both a narrative and mythical presence to the forms.
1963 - Born, Grahamstown, South Africa
1983 - 1985 - NH Dip Ceramic Design
1987 - 2002 - Lecturer Ceramic Design, PE Technikon, South Africa.
2002 – 2006 - Professional Artist living and working in the Karoo Village of Nieu Bethesda. South Africa.
2006 - Set up a studio in the South of France.
2008- Returned to Nieu Bethesda, South Africa. Set up the Ware on Earth Gallery.
1983- 2013 Exhibited with Ceramics SA at Regional and National Level.
1984 – Internationale Ceramique D’Art Biennale, Vallauris, France.
1990 – Exhibition of South African Artists, Geneva, Switzerland.
1994 – ‘’New Trends’’ – Art Hong Kong Cultural Programme.
1994 – Crafts Council of South Africa Exhibition, SA Embassy, London.
1995 – Johannesburg Biennale. ‘’Africa Earth’’, Ceramic exhibition.
2000 – Pavillion de la Creativite exhibition finalist at the Salon International De l’Artisan at de Quagadougou,Burkino Faso representeing SA.
2001 – September. Residency, International Ceramic Centre, Skaelskor, Denmark.
2003 – October. Brett Kebble National Art Awards – finalist. South Africa.
2004/2005/2006 – Klein Karoo National Arts Festival. Solo exhibitions – ‘etched in clay’-series. National Arts Festival.Grahamstown. Solo Exhibitions ‘Contemporary Icons’ –series.
2005 – Madiba Bay Studio Potters travelling exhibition.Netherlands.
2006 – “A tribute to Picasso by Cape Artists” . Alliance Française Gallery. CapeTown. South Africa.
2006 – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Biennial Exhibition and Award Finalist.
2007- 'Birdman' - solo exhibition. Espéchcde. France.
2007/2008 - Collective exhibition. Gallery Artis Factum. Bordeaux.
Terra Viva Gallery. Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie. Gallery Fusion. Toulouse. Gallery Anagama.Paris. FRANCE.
2008- Solo exhibition. Associació Ceramistes de Catalunya Gallery. Barcelona. Spain.
2008- Talents from a European Journey Exhibition. Rufford Art centre. United Kingdom.
2009- Dept of Arts & Culture. Craft Awards 2009. Category Winner: Eastern Cape Province. Ceramics
2010- Ceramics Southern Africa National Exhibition. Award Winner. Franschoek. SA.
2010- Made a Fellow of Ceramics Southern Africa in recognition of her contribution to Ceramics in South Africa.
2011- ‘100 Grande Vessels’ Solo Exhibition. National Arts Festival. Grahamstown.
2012- ‘100 Talking Heads’ Solo exhibition. National Arts Festival. Grahamstown.
2013- Celebrated 30years in ceramics- Solo exhibition. National Arts Festival.
2014– Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Biennial Exhibition. PE
2015- Solo exhibition. National Arts Festival. Grahamstown.
2016 - Ceramics SA National Exhibition. UJ Gallery Johannesburg
Musee De Vallauris. Vallauris. France
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. Port Elizabeth. South Africa.
National Art Gallery. Durban. South Africa.
Samlingen Art Collection. Denmark.
William Humphries Gallery. Kimberly. South Africa.
The Corobrik National Collection
Contemporary Ceramics South Africa .by Wilma Cruise
Art & Decoration. Sud- Quest. Sept, 2007. France
National Ceramics Quarterly. South Africa. 2008
TerrArt Revista Ceramics Contemporania. Spain. 2008.
National Ceramics. South Africa .Winter 2013 edition.
London Financial Times. May 2015.