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The demand for pattern as a decorative element is back! Interior designers, architects, clients, … have a healthy appetite for geometric designs, and not exclusively for wall use BUT on the floors as well.
The tiles were specially made to be flat and the patterns were all hand painted on a porcelain based clay body.
Hele’ Oosthuizen specialize in the realistic rendering of Fynbos, Proteas, Birds and lately Cheetahs in a Bush veld scene.
Her career started at Southern Art Ceramic Design when she decided to halt her final year of a music degree at Stellenbosch University in favour of ceramic art.
The themes range from immaculately realistic fynbos and floral studies to the ultra realistic portrayal of bird species. Her work is unique in the South African art sphere as she utilizes the most fickle of mediums – the ceramic process!
Here is some of her smaller format work that sold recently.
Her ceramic work is bold and intense, some extroverted and flamboyant but always sensitive and peaceful.The preferred media that she works in is on a clay canvass using complex ceramic processes. Her inspiration for the special technique she uses in painting comes from being an avid bird watcher and living in Hermanus, surrounded by a World Heritage Site with one of the most spectacular diversity of the Fynbos biome.
Her development has not been defined by any formal field of artistic education, this provided her with the freedom to develop and nurture her natural skill to her own accord, resulting in a definitive, unique style and her ability to portray her subject matter in a style seldom seen in ceramics today.She continues on her journey of artistic exploration, and her work continues to increase in quality, stature and scale.
Her reputation as an artist capable of combining simplistic beauty, grace and flair in a style that has completely become her own has been recognized by collectors the world over.
The ceramic art murals and framed art, with a hearty splash of colour, will harmonize your daily life and offer a comforting embrace.
We received this very special commission from Gert Gertzen Interiors for a prestigious new residential home on a farm near Stellenbosch.
We will be needing 16 sq meter plus waste ? of tiles all of the fade look …..like 2-the farm yard , 1 delft style , 2delft style all with the grey back ground must have an old look about them.
Can you give me a idea of price before we going any further…..as my client loves your product.”
The final choice was the 1 in 3 image, with not one image repeating. Hundreds of farm animals, figures, birds, flowers, etc. were researched and hand painted in minute detail.
This new residential home is designed and build within the true Cape Dutch Vernicular but the request was for a Delft-style hand painted tile that was soft and not in your face. The artist received cartblanche with the decorative work and they proceeded at full throttle to paint hundreds of different images.
The animals, mostly related to farm-life, includes pigs, dogs, horses, sheep, cows, etc. and birds like roosters, chickens, ducks, peacocks, etc.
The figures were based on children playing, adults at work and play, hunters, horse riders, etc.
This property is newly redeveloped near Lanzerac in Stellenbosch, and a close resemblance of activities and farm life will be experienced when the viewer engage with these unique tiles.
The pre-fired tile looks quite different from the final product. Special clay bodies and glazes need to be used to achieve this high quality tile and unique finish. Originally Delft was based on low-fired Majolica glazes, but we seldom use low-fire techniques due to the high quality expected from professional teams.
Some of the tiles at the studio before sorting and dispatch. This order for 1700 tiles necessitated the production of 4200 tiles to ensure a successful delivery within the deadline received for this project.
“Ten einde laaste is die mure geteel en lyk baie goed………”
We are still waiting for the images of the final installations and I dearly hope to receive the approval to display it publicly on our websites.
Colour, it is personal, it is what you make with it, it is just …. so much more …. it is fun, happiness …. it is you … but it is also a shared emotive response …. !
Look a the following personalized example - matched a gloss transparent glaze to perfection with the colour on the paint swatch cards from Plascon/Dulux.
The colours are not from any one pure pigment but is mostly based on a monochromatic base glaze with the addition of a specific coloring agent.
The R&D left me with several options, I could have opted for a glossy transparent look, or a glossy solid dimension to the colour presentation of the tile. Even a matte option can produce very favorable results - it all just depend on the brief!
The following image was e-mailed to the the prestigious Malibu Softs Interior Team, who subsequently commissioned us to produce flat handmade tiles with graphic designs interpreted by Danela Conti. The brief from the client was clear - simulate the ambiance of this kitchen. Another contract from Malibu - Read more ….
Gillian, our head designer, formulated the presentation and the colours. To achieve the soft tonal effect a variety of blue colours were applied by hand. Tones of a single colour were achieved by the use of a soft brush and the delicate hand painting of the geometric designs.
We hope to receive permission to publish the final installation pictures, and will update this post then.
The floor to ceiling concept with graphic patterns, in specific colour fields or even with a variety of bright colours is becoming a firm favorite with clients wishing to create an awesome focal point within their interior spaces.
Southern Art Ceramic Design will be focusing on the development of new concept tiles that could perfectly blend in with even the sleekest of ultra modern designs - the designers will pay special attention to fine handcrafted details and technological interceptions, that can aid a small specialized studio in the production of special individualized concepts.
The Tiles above are based on geometric designs, inspired by the image for this project. It could easily be interpreted as North African or Moroccan, and will be a magnificent addition to any pool, fountain or seaside lodge. The bottom row is a design, from a series of ours some 15 years back, a classic and still an eye-catcher!
This Danish kitchen was our first Scandinavian contract for exclusive handmade tiles.
The brickwork of this house is an old pattern that can be seen on houses and castles from the middle ages.
The woodwork and hood above and around the extractor must still be installed, and the final images will be posted at a later time.
The client requested samples of the different handmade metro tiles that we produce. It was delivered to her within 7 working days. On seeing the samples, all made using different processes, she requested a custom tile to be produced using specific elements from the different sample tiles. She chose a handmade convex brick shaped tile with an old crackled patina and colour in the glaze. No sample of the new prototype had to be delivered.
At first specific danish words were considered for the panel, but in the end English was the chosen format.
And some compliments!
Now I am flabbergast (new word for me ) Your service is amazing !
It is always interesting to see where and how clients use our ceramic tiles. These memorial tiles were fixed to an ornate cement chair in the gardens at Avontuur Estate.
The hobbies and proud accomplishments were depicted as small ceramic art works on 200 x 200mm tiles and the letter work on 200 x 300mm.
The garden setting of this ornate chair at Avontuur Wine Estate inform the viewer that Avontuur Estate was one of his proud accomplishment, That Var - his beloved race horse, wine, growing tobacco, playing golf and cricket were some of the hobbies of a passionate man.
And some feedback:
“Hi Gillian, this is so long overdue, just could not find your email address. The bench as u can see looks divine and stands at Avontuur estate at the entrance more or less of the main homestead. The family appreciated this work you did tremendously. You my go view it whenever you are in the vicinity. I did deliver some wine at your studio with your husband some time ago. Hope you enjoyed.
Southern Art Ceramic Design was the preferred contractor to manufacture the new ceramic entrance mural at the prestigious Oyster Box Hotel near Durban in Umhlanga KwaZulu Natal.
We have not received images of the final installation, but here is the image that we have received with the brief.
The brief from M2K Architecture was plain and short;… recreate the above tile mural to the following dimensions of 2650mm wide and 1840 mm high…and to fit precisely into an engineered steel frame at the entrance. This contract was successfully delivered after having received an extreme short deadline of 15 working days!
“We are confident that Southern Art can produce the required quality and product within the time frames allowed, their quote seems reasonable and realistic.”In ceramic terms, it means that one prepares for the worst, and backup tiles for the ceramic panel were produced at the same time as the final ceramic mural was in progress and reaching completion!
The next image shows just one aspect of the R&D prior to producing the final panel, and that is experimenting with different brushes to mimic the original paint techniques!
Besides the above, shrinkage tests, colour coordination, layouts & design, transfer of design to the tiles, etc. etc. had to be done within the first few days … even before the contract was confirmed … as it would have been impossible to deliver a mural like this successfully if we had to wait for final confirmation!
Contracts like these that seem so simple in process are actually quite complex to execute within a tight deadline, and only professionals will appreciate this!
And a compliment from the team installing the panel:
” The sign tiles were SO well packed and So well marked so such a pleasure to install!
At last!, a few interior images of one of the Benguerra villas that we were involved with.
Below, you can see the detail and accuracy involved when we produce the tiles. The corner tiles were mitered for a snug fit and small inserts were made to finish off small areas. We worked from detailed architectural drawings and in turn provided detailed diagrams for installation. At the studio templates were drawn of the scaled architectural drawings and the completed tiles were then arranged on these templates to assure that it will fit when the contractors install the intricate patterns. The installation diagrams were not always followed, I suppose it was due to the learning curve, when the contractors, possibly for the first time ever, had to install handmade geometric designs like these! But, you must agree - the end result is still awesome!
These majestic columns are the foundation of these African inspired interiors. Besides the columns we produced thousands of green mosaics for tiled built in benches, of which we unfortunately have no good images as yet.
To create harmonious interiors we need to play with for example, contrasts, as one of the design elements. The shiny cool glass or glaze of the tiles will be used to contrast with the matt earthiness of Cemcrete Earth Coats, a cement based paint produced by the client and owner of Cemcrete in South Africa. The smooth tiles will also be utilized to contrast with the textured fabrics and coarse wall coats.
The rich saturated African colour scheme was carried through in all the materials and is the powerful cohesive force working on the emotive interpretation of the visitor and/or guest.