Songezo Mrwebi joined the Zizamele team when he was only 18. He had been forced to leave school as a result of losing both parents to an AIDS. He showed a strong aptitude for clay and was signed onto the Ceramics South Africa 6-month course where he learnt wheel throwing, press-moulding and coil building under experienced teachers who were volunteer members of the association.
Following this training, our wonderful potter, Elaine Peterson guided him in his early efforts on the wheel and eventually when Elaine retired we were able to hand over the throwing of the bowls entirely to Songezo. He has his own range of salad bowls which he produces in three sizes.
The slip-casting of our Big 5, Protect Us and Cactus Pot range is also in his capable hands.
In 2016, he was approached to take part in a mentorship programme under the Dali Tambo Foundation. This was part of The Long March to Freedom National Heritage Monument. The monument in a local park called Fountains Valley, in Pretoria consists presently of 200 life-sized bronze sculptures, walking towards freedom. This number is increasing all the time and should total 400 once it is completed. These are the heroes who fought for democracy over the past four centuries. He was taught how to build a sculpture using an armature and to create life-size proportions. He also visited the Bronze Foundry and watched the casting of a bronze sculpture.
When he is not busy with clay, he is a keen soccer supporter and is father to a young son of 4. He is also a keen teacher of clay and at times we take his pottery wheel to The Watershed where he demonstrates and gives the public a turn to make something by hand.