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Bold and emblazoned with character, the ceramic work of Madoda Fani carries a dramatically unique sensibility. Inspired by his African heritage, Madoda makes handcoiled, burnished and smoke-fired pieces that are a contemporary evolution of the traditional ceramics indigenous to Southern Africa. 

Born in 1975, he grew up in Gugulethu township in Cape Town and discovered his love of clay as a fine art student at Sivuyile College. He worked as a ceramic painter in various pottery studios, gradually developing his own pieces and style. In 2000, his work was selected for the Salon Internationale de l’Artisanat de Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. There he met the ceramicist  Simon Masilo, who introduced him to smoke-firing. In 2009, he moved to Johannesburg and began to deepen his craft at the Kim Sacks School of Ceramics. He learned how to burnish clay with a stone from Jabu Nalathe daughter of legendary Zulu beerpot maker Nesta Nala, and mastered smoke-firing techniques under the guidance of Nic Sithole.  

Although he uses traditional techniquesMadoda’s curvaceous, coiled forms and hand-carved embellishments are entirely distinct. He works on a large scale, building organic-shaped vessels whose smooth surfaces are punctuated by intricate, repetitive patterns that give them a scaled, insect-like appearance. Most recently, his work with Southern Guild has seen him branch out into clay furniture and bronze sculpture. 

He has exhibited at Design Miami and The Salon Art + Design, and as part of the Christie’s London annual design auctionMadoda has joined residency programmes in Argentina (2009) and France (2013), received first prize at the 2016 Ceramics Southern Africa Exhibition as well as the Ndebele Milling & Mining Premier Award at the 201G&W Mineral Resources Ceramics SA Gauteng Regional Exhibition.  

Madoda Fani
Untitled Carved Form

Smoke fired terracotta
40 x 40 x 50 cm
Unique

Madoda Fani
Untitled Carved Form

Smoke fired terracotta
40 x 40 x 50 cm
Unique

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Madoda Fani
Untitled Uncarved Form

Smoke fired terracotta
40 x 40 x 43 cm
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Madoda Fani
Untitled Uncarved Form

Smoke fired terracotta
40 x 40 x 43 cm
Unique

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Madoda Fani
Ibhokhwe (The Black Goat)

Smoke fired terracotta
50 x 50 x 66 cm
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Madoda Fani
Ibhokhwe (The Black Goat)

Smoke fired terracotta
50 x 50 x 66 cm
Unique

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Madoda Fani
Nontobeko (Humbleness)

Smoke fired terracotta
24 x 24 x 70 cm
Unique

Madoda Fani
Nontobeko (Humbleness)

Smoke fired terracotta
24 x 24 x 70 cm
Unique

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Madoda Fani
Inqanawe (The Ship)

Smoke fired terracotta
49 x 49 x 66 cm
Unique

Madoda Fani
Inqanawe (The Ship)

Smoke fired terracotta
49 x 49 x 66 cm
Unique

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Madoda Fani
Busiswe (Blessed)

Smoke fired terracotta
22 x 22 x 70 cm
Unique

Madoda Fani
Busiswe (Blessed)

Smoke fired terracotta
22 x 22 x 70 cm
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Madoda Fani
Ncumisa (The lady that brings a smile)

Smoke fired terracotta
26 x 26 x 66 cm
Unique

Madoda Fani
Ncumisa (The lady that brings a smile)

Smoke fired terracotta
26 x 26 x 66 cm
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Madoda Fani
Zintle (Beautiful Girl)

Smoke fired terracotta
30 x 30 x 64 cm
Unique

Madoda Fani
Zintle (Beautiful Girl)

Smoke fired terracotta
30 x 30 x 64 cm
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Madoda Fani
Inkosazana (Princess)

Bronze
42 x 15 x 48 cm
Edition of 4 with 1 AP

Madoda Fani
Inkosazana (Princess)

Bronze
42 x 15 x 48 cm
Edition of 4 with 1 AP

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Madoda Fani
Isimomondiya (Beautiful Woman)

Ceramic
55 x 28 x 100 cm
One-off

Madoda Fani
Isimomondiya (Beautiful Woman)

Ceramic
55 x 28 x 100 cm
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Madoda Fani
Intiliziyo

Smoke-fired terracotta
42 x 26 x 76 cm
Unique

Madoda Fani
Intiliziyo

Smoke-fired terracotta
42 x 26 x 76 cm
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Madoda Fani
Incgoncgoni (mosquito)

Smoke-fired terracotta
36 x 36 x 54 cm
One-off

Madoda Fani
Incgoncgoni (mosquito)

Smoke-fired terracotta
36 x 36 x 54 cm
One-off

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