The 8th National Ceramics Bienalle

The 8th National Ceramics Bienalle

The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) is pleased to announce The 8th National Ceramics Biennale exhibiton officially opening on Thursday, 27 July 2017 at 18h00; the exhibiton will run until 25 August 2017 in the NAGN’s Main Gallery


The Potters’ Association of Namibia (PAN) aims to promote, develop, educate and ensure that the art of pottery remains alive and well in Namibia. In so doing, every second year they present a juried public exhibition of ceramics by potters from all over Namibia.  This years’ 8th Biennale is a proud celebration of PAN’s 30th Anniversary.


PAN is an Association of a very small group of like-minded individuals who share a love of clay.  Most of the members are amateur potters; very few are full-time producers; seven are teachers either in their own private studios or at the few schools and colleges that offer pottery to their pupils.


PAN is privileged to have 3 Honourary Life Members who have accompanied the association on a long, fruitful and earnest journey since 1987:  Sarie Maritz, Genie Albrecht and Sharon Flewellen.


“Namibian potters share this fascination with clay. They have experienced at first hand the wonder and excitement of forming clay into objects like bowls, cups or pieces of sculpture and of discovering how fire effects a transformation. In this way they participate in the common human heritage of making pottery, one which dates back thousands of years to the beginnings of mankind, when the culture, art and life of pre-industrialized societies were still undivided and whole, when man was perhaps more in touch with his soul.” – Sarie Maritz (2007)


“Potters of Namibia unite!  This was the main reason for starting the Potters’ Association of Namibia.  We are such earthy people and wanted to know who else in our vast beautiful country felt the same, where we could share our joy of the feel of clay flowing through our hands and fingers.  This is the wonderment of this ancient art material. Clay is an escape from the conundrum of life, and here in Namibia we potters share our common goals, our problem solving and above all the joys of creativity. We are also trying to pass this on to our future potters so that they too experience the same sentiments.” – Genie Albrecht (2017)


 “Potters do not have feet of clay – they are solidly earth-bound, grounded, truly centred and, although they dabble with alchemy and play with fire, they are the sincerest people I know.” – Sharon Flewellen (2007)


The Potters’ Association of Namibia is grateful to Bank Windhoek for their continued support of the Biennale exhibitions!


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