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Chuma Maweni

A master of hand-thrown ceramics, Chuma Maweni’s distinctive approach combines contemporary hand-coiled shapes marked with precisely patterned incisions. From his studio in Woodstock, Cape Town, he makes exquisitely crafted ceramic vessels and furniture, the latter finding their largest form to date in his Imbizo series of tables, side-tables and stool.

Chuma grew up in the rural Transkei in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, where his earliest memories include making clay figures of bulls and cows on the muddy riverbanks. He studied ceramics at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and honed his style in studios such as Art in the Forest, where he also mentored and taught other ceramicists. He opened his own studio in 2016.

Chuma exhibited in A New Wave (2016) and Extra Ordinary (2018) at Southern Guild, and he has had work in the Christie’s Design Auction (2017). He participates in The Salon Art + Design in New York City and Design Miami/ this year.