Growing up in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, ceramic artist Andile Dyalvane ‘heard the whisper of the ancestors in the clay.’ Today, this inheritance is reflected throughout his practice. His complex, large-scale ceramic artworks often feature symbolic pictograms and patterns, honouring the traditional practices of the Xhosa people

For Mirror Mirror, Dyalvane has returned to the ideas he developed here in England, during his residency at Leach Pottery, in St. Ives. The Cornish coastline fired his imagination, and his vessels took on the shapes of crags overlooking the sea.

Dyalvane’s installation sits alongside a sounding line, by the English potter and writer Edmund de Waal, installed here in 2007. Both artists draw deeply on the history of ceramics – all the better to reinvent it.

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