Imiso Ceramics: Crafting Culture and Creativity into Contemporary Art
Imiso Ceramics is not just a company that creates stunning ceramics, it is a movement that represents the culture and heritage of South Africa through its art. Andile Dyalvane, one of the co-founders of Imiso Ceramics, uses his deep spiritual connection to his Xhosa ancestors as a guiding force in his art. Along with ceramic artist Zizipho Poswa, Andile has created a company that has become a beacon for contemporary African art.
When I visited their production studio in Cape Town, I was struck by the attention to detail and the focus on design. Imiso Ceramics is not just creating art, they are creating high-end design commodities for the interior market. Andile explained to me that Imiso Ceramics started with four individuals, each with different backgrounds, who took measured and unmeasured risks to venture into the entrepreneurial world together. By focusing on the resources they had at hand, they were able to create a solid foundation for their company.
Their first studio and gallery space was at The Old Biscuit Mill in the developing lower Woodstock precinct of Cape Town. It was there that I met them and became a self-confessed Imiso groupie. I would buy the works I could afford and recommend the higher-end pieces to friends. But Imiso Ceramics is more than just a company that creates beautiful ceramics. It is a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about art, culture, and heritage.
Each piece tells a story and represents a culture that is steeped in history and tradition.
I remember travelling with Andile and his entourage to a hip-hop music festival at Nekkies. On other occasions we’d do spontaneous live music picnics from Cape Town’s highest peaks or invite friends to meet on the beah rocks overlooking Southern Africa’s furthest horizon. These are the moments that make Imiso Ceramics so special. It is a company that is not afraid to push boundaries and take risks. It is a company that values community and creativity above all else.
Andile and Zizipho have created a company that represents the best of South African art and culture. Their ceramics are an expression of their heritage, and their designs are a testament to their passion for design and innovation. Imiso Ceramics is more than just a company; it is a movement.
Their pieces are not just beautiful, they are meaningful. Each piece tells a story and represents a culture that is steeped in history and tradition. Andile and Zizipho have created a company that is more than just a business; they have created a legacy that will endure for generations to come.
So, if you are looking for something special to add to your home, I highly recommend Imiso Ceramics. You won’t be disappointed!