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Zizipho Poswa is a Cape Town-based ceramicist whose large-scale, collectible work takes inspiration from her own narrative as a Xhosa woman and artist living in contemporary South Africa. Alongside lauded South African ceramicist Andile Dyalvane, she co-founded Imiso Ceramics, whose handmade tableware has earned the studio an international following.

Zizipho grew up in the town of Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, a stronghold of Xhosa culture. She was raised by her mother, a teacher, who recognised her creativity from a young age and did everything within her means to support it. She studied surface design, majoring in textiles, at the Port Elizabeth Technikon and draws on this textile knowledge to amalgamate the visual stimuli she encounters in her daily life into a simplified pattern language.

Zizipho’s abstract yet tactile hand-pinched bowls, vessels and vases celebrate her love of colour and pattern. Her work for Southern Guild explores her personal experience and heritage in monumental sculptural pieces. Her totemic Umthwalo series is an ode to the load carried by African 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, this balancing act is analogous to the multiple life-sustaining roles that African women play as they bridge traditional and modern worlds.

The stacked, totemic forms of Umthwalo give way to a monolithic verticality in Ukukhula I and Ukukhula II. This pair of sculptures convey the sense of a growth spurt and plays with the duality of masculine and feminine, aggression and protection. They are indicative of an artist who has come into her own.

Zizipho’s work was acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 2019 and is in important private collections internationally. Her ceramics were included in Deeper than Text, presented by 1stdibs and the Female Design Council at the 1stdibs Gallery in Manhattan in 2019. She has exhibited at Design Miami, PAD London and The Salon Art + Design in New York, and received the prestigious Fellow Award from Ceramic South Africa.

Zizipho Poswa
Magodi – Noluvuyo

Glazed stoneware clay
40 x 40 x 63 cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Magodi – Noluvuyo

Glazed stoneware clay
40 x 40 x 63 cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Magodi – Bukiwe

Glazed stoneware clay
40 x 40 x 63 cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Magodi – Bukiwe

Glazed stoneware clay
40 x 40 x 63 cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Umthwalo – Dadobawo

Glazed stoneware clay
47 x 42 x 121 cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Umthwalo – Dadobawo

Glazed stoneware clay
47 x 42 x 121 cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Umthwalo – Vuyelwa

Glazed stoneware clay
50 x 50 x 85 cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Umthwalo – Vuyelwa

Glazed stoneware clay
50 x 50 x 85 cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Magodi – Nozuko

Glazed black clay
43 x 43 x 61 cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Magodi – Nozuko

Glazed black clay
43 x 43 x 61 cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Magodi – Noxolo

Glazed stoneware clay
80 x 80 x 116 cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Magodi – Noxolo

Glazed stoneware clay
80 x 80 x 116 cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Magodi – Amanda

Glazed black clay
65 x 65 x 100 cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Magodi – Amanda

Glazed black clay
65 x 65 x 100 cm
Unique

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Zizipho Poswa
Magodi – Nozibhedlele

Glazed stoneware clay
80 x 80 x 117 cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Magodi – Nozibhedlele

Glazed stoneware clay
80 x 80 x 117 cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Magodi – Abongile

Glazed stoneware clay
60 x 60 x 93 cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Magodi – Abongile

Glazed stoneware clay
60 x 60 x 93 cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Magodi – Zenande

Glazed stoneware clay
58 x 58 x 95cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Magodi – Zenande

Glazed stoneware clay
58 x 58 x 95cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Magodi – Zoleka

Glazed stoneware clay
50 x 50 x 115 cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Magodi – Zoleka

Glazed stoneware clay
50 x 50 x 115 cm
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Zizipho Poswa
Umthwalo – Nowinile

Glazed black clay
65 x 65 x 162 cm
Unique

Zizipho Poswa
Umthwalo – Nowinile

Glazed black clay
65 x 65 x 162 cm
Unique

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