Ceramics in the Cape Tour: Description

Archaeology Tour Architecture Tour Craft Art Tours Gardens Tour Gastronomy Tours History Tour

→ Description
→ Itinerary
→ Rates, Dates & Hotels
→ Safari Extensions
→ Specialists
→ Reviews
→ Gallery

NOTE: A repeat of this tour can be arranged.
To get an idea of scope and details, look over this 2014 tour


  • Seven nights in the heart of Cape Town
  • Three nights in picturesque Franschhoek
  • Services of guest speakers & tour leaders
  • All entry fees, porters’ tips & drivers’ gratuities
  • Meet & greet airport collection & hotel transfer
  • Transport in luxury, air-conditioned coaches
  • Meals with artfully paired wine & soft drinks: 8 lunches, 6 dinners, 3 drinks, 1 wine tasting

A percentage of the tour proceeds will contribute towards an Emerging Potters Fund administered by the Craft & Design Institute

Ceramics in the Cape ~Tour: Description

Discover the world of South African ceramics, one of the most dynamic and diverse on the pottery planet. 
Take part in a learning journey around Cape Town that dovetails with an explosion of collaborative events hosted by Ceramics Southern Africa’s (CSA) activities in the month of November and endorsed by the 2014 World Design Capital.

Join Magdalene Odundo OBE as award-judge at CSA’s National Exhibition, the highlight of South Africa’s ceramic calendar which showcases high-end, home-grown creativity – and as guest speaker at From African Earth, a collaborative exhibition between CSA and Iziko Museums of South Africa.
Kenyan-born, Professor of Ceramics at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey, UK, Magdalene will share her sources of inspiration while demonstrating  her approach to hand-building techniques in a full day’s workshop.
Participate in a master class with featured artists that interconnects three continents & explores time honoured traditions via the symbolic Zulu Ukhamba vessel. Enjoy special access to unique collections, private viewings and studios of seminal artists.
Visit a variety of studios with diverse design perspectives.
Track local clay artistry from ancient times to date in exhibits at the Castle of Good Hope & The Slave Lodge curated by Iziko Museums of South Africa and at Rust-en-Vrede Clay Museum.
See how ceramics are a tool for social regeneration, community empowerment and fair trade practice.
Network with cross-cultural pollinators and interact with fascinating clay interpreters.
Get a taste of the Cape’s cosmopolitan essence and breathtaking beauty, its blend of cultures, cuisines, heritage and history … and while in the Winelands visit homesteads with gabled gems, über chic estates with sculpture-filled gardens and world class vineyards.

With alternative options for non potters and shorter options for locals, this tour welcomes ceramophiles, curators, collectors or those just curious. 

Bask in South Africa’s creative spotlight, meeting ”some colossally talented artisans, designers and artists who are a microcosm for how creativity is reconstructing the country’s social fabric and bringing hope’’ – Keith Recker, editor HAND/EYE 09 / South Africa issue . Be bowled over!