Bold and emblazoned with character, the ceramic work of Madoda Fani carries a dramatically unique sensibility. His smoke-fired vessels follow an acutely traditional approach to the medium. Drawing inspiration from the natural world, Madoda’s curvaceous, coiled forms echo those found in nature, while the detailed hand-carved and burnished surfaces reference insect-like armour. These elegantly sophisticated ‘shields’ speak of strength, resilience and determination.
In 2000 Madoda premiered his work internationally at a group show in Burkina Faso. He has since shown with Southern Guild at Design Miami, and his work has been selected as part of the gallery’s presentation at the annual Christie’s design auction. Madoda has joined residency programmes in Argentina (2009) and France (2013) and is the winner of the Ndebele Milling & Mining Premier Award in the 2015 G&W Mineral Resources Ceramics SA Gauteng Regional Exhibition. He now shares a Woodstock studio with his brother Siyabonga Fani and fellow ceramicist Chuma Maweni, with whom he often collaborates.