S’bonelo Luthuli

b. Durban, 1981

S’bonelo Luthuli’s ceramic pots draw their content from religious, political, traditional practices and heritage customs. The textured details, which are worked into the pots, are related to to the way “ancestors are recognized in ritualistic incisions and marks of identity in their body”.


2011-2012 Durban University of Technology (2nd year reached), Durban, KwaZulu Natal

Exhibitions (Solo)

2016 Song of the Soil, Constitution Hill Woman’s Jail, Johannesburg
2015 Song of the Soil, 6 Spin Street Restaurant, Cape Town
2015 Song of the Soil, UCT Irma Stern, Cecil Road, Rosebank, Cape Town
2014 Song of the Soil, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, KwaZulu Natal

Exhibitions (Group)

2016 Beyond Binaries, ICC, Durban
2014 Decorex Joburg , Gallagher Convention Centre Midrand, Johannesburg
2014 Adelaide Tambo School Charity Auction, Strauss and Co. Summer Place, Johannesburg
2014 Decorex Durban, ICC, Durban
2013 The Adelaide Collection Exhibition, Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg
2013 15th Durban Business Fair, ICC, Durban
2013 Ceramics Southern Africa Regional, KZNSA, Durban
2013 ThereAfter, Durban University of Technology, , Steve Biko Gallery, Durban
2012 C3°1012: EARTH REVELATIONS. A Conversation in Clay, Amaridian Gallery, New York, USA
2012 Corobrik National Ceramics Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum
2012 Sasol New Signature Emerge, Pretoria Art Museum
2012 Ceramics Southern Africa Regional, Art Space, Durban
2011 Izikhwepha Zethu (Our Strength), Durban Art Gallery
2010 Ceramics Southern Africa National, Grande Provence, Western Cape
2005 First Touch Group Exhibition, Bat Centre, Durban


2013 Highly Commended Certificate at the Ceramics Southern Africa, Regional Exhibition held at KZNSA in Durban
2012 Merit Award at the Ceramics Southern Africa, Regional Exhibition held at Art Space Durban
2010 Premier Award winner at the Ceramics Southern Africa, 2010 National Exhibition held at The Gallery at Grande Provence (Western Cape Region)


Justice Albie Sachs
Iziko Museum of South Africa, National Gallery
Gita Sahgal private collection

Thami Jali

b. Lamontville, Durban, South Africa, 1955.

Thami Jali is a painter and ceramicist. As an alumni of the Rorke’s Drift Art & Craft Centre he helped re-establish the ceramic studio when the centre re-opened in 2004. He is a multi-faceted artist whose art is at once forbidding and optimistic, giving voice to the man on the street and celebrating the diversity of South African cultures and languages.

Art education

1983-84 Ceramics, Natal Technikon, KwaZulu-Natal
1981-82 Rorke's Drift Art & Craft Centre, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Selected Exhibitions

2014 Restless Spirt, solo exhibition, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2014 Retroactive, KZNSA, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2011 Three Parts More Harmony, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2011 Amandla, Menzi Mchunu & Democratic Gallery, BAT Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2010 Amandla, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2009 A Known Heritage,  Kizo Art Gallery at Gateway, Umhlanga,  Kwa-zulu Natal
2007 Transformation, solo exhibition, Menzi Mchunu Gallery, BAT Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2004 InniBos Kunstefees, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
1998 Ungqofo Ulalele, solo exhibition, Menzi Mchunu Gallery, BAT Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1997 New Dehli Triennale, Lalit Kala Akademi, India
1995 Africus Johannesburg Biennale ’95, Johannesburg
1995 38 Essex Road, NSA Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1994 National Arts Trust Exhibition, BAT Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1993 ART OMI, International Artists Workshop, New York, USA
1991 & 1992 Thupelo Workshop Exhibition, Fuba Gallery, Johannesburg
1990 Vulamehlo – Open Eye,  Durban Art Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1990 Art from South African Townships, Institute for Contemporary Arts, London, England
1989 Five Friends, NSA Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal (Paul Sibisi, Mpolokeng Ramphomane, Sifiso kaMkame, Gordon Gabashane and Thami Jali)
1989 Objects of Utility, Fuba Gallery, Johannesburg
1988 Friends of Freedom, Fuba Gallery, Johannesburg
1983 Art Communication, Indingilizi Gallery, Mbabane, Swaziland
1980 - 1982 Festival of African Art, University of Zululand, Richards Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Workshops & Residencies

1997 Artist in Residence, Edgewood College, Wisconsin, USA
1990 Zabalaza Festival, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK


1982 First Prize in Sculpture, Festival of African Arts, University of Zululand, Kwa-Zulu Natal


2017 Judge, PPC Imaginarium Awards
2004 Re-established the ceramics studio, Rorke's Drift Art & Craft Centre, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2000 Ceramic tile project, Matsulu Art Centre, Mpumalanga 
1991 Trustee, Community Mural Projects, Cultural Trust, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1987 Taught pottery and sculpture, Mofolo Art Centre, Soweto, Johannesburg
1983-84 Founder of Art Communications, Natal Technikon, KwaZulu-Natal

Public collections

Campbell Collections, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Durban Art Gallery
South African National Gallery
Tatham Art Gallery
The Constitutional Court
University of Zululand