Member Profiles

Annabelle Venter

Hi! I’m Annabelle, born and educated in Cape Town, and a Namibian resident for 30 years now. My first pottery lessons were with Anton van der Merwe back in 1984, then with Helene Elliot in 1987, before I moved to Namibia.

Betsie van Rensburg

Ceramics opens up a freedom in me and being my true self in a very special way. The earthiness of clay, water and fire keeps me grounded and the unpredictability of the firing process, keeps me humble. The variety of creativeness - from planning, building or throwing a pot to the decorating part – satisfies my need to be creative on a wide spectrum.

Carola Lorck

I was born in Windhoek, Namibia in the early 70’s, grew up on a farm in the east of the country and enjoyed my schooling in Windhoek. After matriculation I completed a 3 year National Diploma in Clothing Production at the Cape Technikon in Cape Town. Although I really then wanted to stay in Cape Town my path took me to Swakopmund in early 1996. And this is where I met, fell in love, married my husband and have set up home with him and our two children.

Lesley Crawford

The following ideas are what I have been working on for a long time. They evolve and change but the underlying core remains the same. When I am working I decide which elements I want in my work and which processes will help me produce them.

Nicola Alexander

My first introduction to clay was in 1998 at Barbara Jackson's Cape Town studio under the tuition of Shirley Fintz and Gemma Orkin. In 2005 I moved to Namibia and joined a studio in Luderitz, where I developed a real enthusiasm for potting. I have been based in Oranjemund since the beginning of 2008. I work from my studio / garage at home - from which I can pursue my interest in ceramics, and further develop my knowledge and skills.

Sharon Flewellen

My first contact with clay in 1969 was love at first touch! Clay is the only medium that deeply grips and completely satisfies me, enabling me to express all my creative desires. Although I may dangerously dabble with alchemy and play with fire, working with clay keeps me centred, humbled and grounded.