|PAUL ANDREW DE JONGH|
|Born 23 February 1970, Johannesburg|
1988 Matriculated (Kearsney College, Natal)
1989 Fine Arts, Durban Technikon
1992 Graduated with National Diploma in Ceramic Design (Technikon Witwatersrand)
1993 - 1996 I served a two-year apprenticeship with well-known ceramicist Kim Sacks and taught in her studio for two years before setting up my own studio. I was taught to throw in the Scandinavian tradition, using fine bodies to make paper-thin porcelain and stoneware. Towards the end of my apprenticeship I built a gas-fired kiln and began experimenting in high-fired reduction stoneware. My work and direction were strongly influenced by David Schlapobersky, Felicity Potter and Chris Green during this time.
The Ceramics Society of Woodmead School asked me to work with them on a low-tech kiln-building project. We built an updraft bottle kiln using recycled materials.
In 1996 I was commissioned to build a 90 cubic foot oil-fired kiln for
production potter Barry Douglas.
In 1999 I built a two-chambered, cross-draught, wood-fired kiln at the back of my studio. The kiln has 120 cubic foot packing space, and I fire for about 24 hours. In future I aim to make greater use of the wood-fire effects of live flame action on the pots, pushing the limits and firing for up to 72 hours. This kiln has enabled me to produce a wider range of pots and to make larger pieces.
Exhibitions and Commissions:
1991 Technikon Witwatersrand Student Ceramic Exhibition
Gauteng Provincial Legislature Collection.
Artist: PAUL DE JONGH
Title: Bowl with Small Foot
Size: 15 (H) x 17.5 (W) cm
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