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Zizipho Poswa

Originally from Umtata in South Africa’s rural Eastern Cape, Zizipho
Poswa relocated to Cape Town to study surface design – majoring in
textiles – at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Alongside lauded
South African ceramicist Andile Dyalvane, Zizipho co-founded Imiso
Ceramics, whose handmade tableware has earned the studio an
international following. Her textile knowledge is translated into abstract yet
tactile hand-pinched bowls, vessels and vases that celebrate her love of
colour and pattern.

Zizipho’s collectible work for Southern Guild explores her personal
experience and heritage as a Xhosa woman on a much larger scale,
finding form most recently in monumental sculpture. Her totemic
Umthwalo series is an ode to the load carried by Xhosa women and the
traditional tasks of gathering wood, collecting water and taking bucket
loads of clothing to wash in the river. For the artist, who witnessed these
daily rituals as a young girl, the strength required to balance these heavy
items and walk long distances is testimony to the endurance of Xhosa
women. Zizipho received the prestigious Fellow Award from Ceramic
South Africa and in 2017 she was awarded an Mbokodo Award in the
Traditional and Indigenous Art category.