Zizamele founder Toni Burton recently took our signature ceramics to all four corners of the globe to showcase exciting new designs as well as our ever popular Ubuntu bowls.
Our journey started with a very long flight to Tokyo via Singapore. We set up at Giftex 2015 on the same night we arrived and were on our stand bright and early the next day!
Zizamele has a long-standing client in Japan, Mr Niikuni of Africa Tsotseng. His assistant helped on the stand (she speaks English, which is rare to find in Japan!) and we were constantly busy with enquiries and sales.
The South African ambassador to Japan visited our stand and met all of the South African exhibitors – she even bought a magnificent eight-lady Ubuntu bowl in various shades of blue for her office.
Once the show finished, a potter friend and I caught the bullet train to Kyoto for the weekend. Here we indulged in the amazing ceramics, art exhibitions, temples, shrines and food that make Kyoto (the original capital of Japan) the amazing destination that it is.
We even attended a ceremony at a temple that included a blessing for potters and pottery. It was so good to feel valued and special. Japan’s ceramic masters enjoy an elevated status and we basked in the knowledge that we too are part of this ancient art form!
From Tokyo we flew to Melbourne, Australia via the Gold Coast to attend Melbourne Decor + Design. Melbourne is a thrillingly modern first world city and very arty as well. The show was an eye-opener for us as we were welcomed as a “breath of fresh air” onto the local design scene. Zizamele received numerous compliments on our “unique” ceramics and we are currently in talks with a potential agent in Australia.
A month later we took part in SARCDA at Gallagher Estate in Joburg as part of the Signatures Exhibition along with 19 other South African designers selected by CBI, which is part of the Dutch foreign affairs department.
We won a Silver award for the stand design, which featured a curated exhibition of new products as well as an individual stand per designer. All were locally produced, handmade items and it proved to be a busy and popular stand. Zizamele introduced our new ‘YES! We Canister’ range and took orders from old and new clients.
The buff coloured clay has turned wooden lids in walnut and the charcoal clay has turned wooden lids in ash. There is also a more affordable range with local South African pine lids.
Ideal for storage, decor or even as seats, The canisters come in small, medium, large and VERY LARGE! We are also able to create handmade ceramic knobs for the lids.
We are currently making a set of these canisters to contain the superfoods used at Natural Raw Goodness Smoothie Bar at Trail and Tar. The canisters will have the names of the superfood embossed on them.
Zizamele’s new range YES! We Canister is worth a look. To place an order, email email@example.com for our price list or visit us at stand D1 at The Watershed.
Please note our annual price increase takes place from 1 November 2015.
Zizamele Ceramics will be hosting holiday ceramic workshop at Imhoff Farm over the June/July school holidays. To find out more, contact Toni on firstname.lastname@example.org. We also do birthday party ceramic workshops – great for winter babies.
The healing, therapeutic properties of clay are well documented and working with clay is great for children of all ages. Plus its fun!
Craftscurator is coaching a group of 29 companies from South Africa. In this long term programme, exporters are learning what it takes to launch product ranges on the European market.
Irene Vermeulen, the trends expert from Craftscurator, is travelling to South Africa regularly to visit workshops, give training, and guide these entrepreneurs to find new market opportunities. A group of exporters is now preparing to exhibit in local trade fairs in Johannesburg. Next year, they are going to present themselves on European trade fairs.
Keep an eye on the Craftscurator website to see design and craft from South Africa on an international stage!
Zizamele Ceramics has been commissioned to produce 25 of their signature Bambanani Bowls for Desmond and Leah Tutu’s 50th wedding anniversary in July.
The Bambanani Bowl is an African version of the Friendship Bowl, also known as the Ubuntu Bowl. The iconic image of a group of Xhosa women holding hands encircles the bowl.
“For the Arch, we have created a custom version of our bowl where we alternated a male figure with the Xhosa mother with her baby on her back,” says Zizamele’s founder Toni Burton.“These figures hold hands in a spirit of Ubuntu or in this case, marital togetherness! A colour palette was provided by the client and these beautiful bowls will be used to decorate the tables. We are creating a special ‘golden’ bowl for the happy couple!”
Zizamele is heading to Asia and then “down under” to showcase new colours and products in the Zizamele Ceramics range.
We’ll be at GIFTEX in Tokyo from 8–10 July 2015, Japan’s leading trade fair for all kinds of gift items. “In 2008 we met a loyal client from Tokyo who has ordered from us since then and it will be wonderful to meet up with him in Japan!” says Toni.
We’ll also be at the Decor + Design Show in Melbourne from 16–19 July 2015, Australia’s premier interiors event showcasing the latest interior products and furnishings from leading companies around the world.
“We have only done a few small orders into Australia and by all accounts it is a dynamic market that we are keen to explore,” says Toni. “The Aussie clients we meet in our stores here are full of praise for our vibrantly coloured and patterned ceramics. It would be wonderful to meet an agent or large retail-type store to supply.”
Zizamele Ceramics is proud to be a permanent exhibitor at the V&A Waterfront’s vibrant new craft and design market, The Watershed. Curated by Trevyn McGowan of Source SA, Watershed has a wide product offering across various categories, all creatively designed, beautifully crafted and produced entirely in Africa.
Here you will find all our old favourites – the Bambanani Bowls, Big Five tea-light holders, Protect Us children’s ceramics, as well as our new Dotty Pot range.
A monthly Good Night Market occurs on the last Wednesday of each month from 6–9pm and is a fantastic opportunity to browse over 150 modern African artists, crafters and designers, while enjoying live music, food trucks and a drinks bar. Zizamele will have artists demonstrating painting techniques and a potter’s wheel for visitors who want to give ceramics a go – aprons provided!
Zizamele Ceramics is located at stand D1, at the Aquarium entrance, in the Artisanal Workshop. Open daily from 10am to 7pm in summer and 10am to 6pm in winter.
A Cape Town company which exports manufactured goods to China and firms in the growing boat-building and aquaculture industries are among the finalists in this year’s Absa – Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Cape Exporter of the Year Competition.
“We have had an excellent crop of entries and the judges have had a very difficult time selecting the finalists,” said Ms Viola Manuel, Executive Director of the Chamber.
“This is an exciting time since every one of the finalists has succeeded in the face of global competition and a less than helpful economic climate. Their achievements are an inspiration to all businesses and we are delighted to honour them.”
The finalists are:
Afrinatural Holdings, a firm which exports indigenous herbs
Cape Metal Pressings which makes parts for shock absorbers and the motor industry
HIK Abalone Farm at Hermanus
JF Hillebrand, a logistics company which provides services to wine exporters
Macadams which manufactures equipment for bakeries
Nautic Africa, manufacturers of aluminium patrol boats
Trans Africa Safaris, which looks after inbound tourists
Technical Systems, manufacturers of automated feeding equipment for the poultry industry
The Asylum, a firm that supplies services to visiting film makers
Val du Charron, wine exporters
The main award, the Absa trophy, will go to the company that meets the judge’s criteria for commitment to exporting. All exporters, both large and small stand an equal chance of winning this prestigious award.
The Transnet Port Terminals Trophy will go to the best exporter in the manufacturing and engineering sector while the Transnet National Ports Authority trophy will go to a non-manufacturing company.
Credit Guarantee sponsors a trophy for the smaller exporter and the Cape Chamber sponsors the award for innovation to celebrate the creativity of local business. This goes hand-in-hand with a trophy for outstanding design, which is sponsored by the SA Maritime Safety Association. In recognition of the growing importance of markets north of our border, this year will also include the Gerald Wolman Trophy for Excellence in Doing Business in Africa.
“Exports to developing markets, especially in Africa and the East, have grown phenomenally, with all exports currently accounting for slightly more than 26% of South Africa’s GDP. South African exporters are also taking advantage of new markets in Africa, with five African countries featuring amongst South Africa’s top 20 export destinations” says Jason Barrass, Head of Trade and Working Capital, at the Corporate and Investment Banking division of Absa.
“As such, Absa is delighted to be sponsoring the 2013 Exporter of the Year banquet and awards evening, which it sees as critical in empowering South African exporters and raising risk awareness as they navigate the challenges and opportunities provided by the country’s expanded trade horizons,” concludes Barrass.
Zizamele Ceramics and Urshworks Ceramics: Hall 2, stand L10.
Zizamele will once again be participating in the SARCDA Christmas trade exhibition, held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng.
The exhibition runs from the 22nd – 25th August and showcases products from the gift, toy and decor industries. There are plenty of innovative and inspiring things to see at this show!
Zizamele welcomes all past and future clients, friends and supporters to pay us a visit at our stand and view our latest products. We are situated in Hall 2, Stand L10.
Our latest products include a new FUNCTIONAL range of vases, espresso cups, mugs, platters, jugs and bowls which are suitable for display or as tableware. As always, these products are available in a range of colours, in our trademark vibrant African Zizamele pattern or in a sophisticated white.
Another new addition to the functional range is the electric lamp. These lamps have handmade lampshades, created from used printing plates (upcycling anyone?!). The lamps have been created in collaboration with goldsmith Meg Ploughman who creates intricate patterns on the lampshades using a drill press. The patterns look beautiful when the lamp is switched off, but when switched on, the effect is quite stunning. These lampshades, and the ceramic bases for them can be custom-designed to your specifications.
Of course, we will also be exhibiting the classic range of Zizamele products, which includes the Bambanani Bowls, Candlesticks, Vases and Big-5 T-lights. These products are now all available in new beautiful matte glazes – the lime-green being the current favourite!
Protect Us, our range of children’s tableware featuring South Africa’s endangered wildlife will also be available to order.