Widely considered one of South Africa’s foremost ceramic artists, Andile Dyalvane’s work is an acknowledgement and celebration of his ancestral past, his heritage and his community. His complex, large-scale ceramic artworks often feature symbolic pictograms and patterns, honouring the traditional practices of the Xhosa people.

At Chatsworth, Dyalvane has returned to the ideas he developed during a residency at Leach Pottery in St. Ives, when his vessels took on the shapes of crags overlooking the sea.

The transformative nature of clay to ceramic is celebrated in his works in the Chapel Corridor which are resonant with the symbolism of fire, water, and earth. They take their place in the rich history of ceramic collecting and commissioning over hundreds of years at Chatsworth – from historic Delftware to
Edmund de Waal’s 2007 site-specific piece a sounding line that sits alongside Dyalvane’s work.

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Image of Andile Dyalvane and iThongo, courtesy of Friedman Benda, Southern Guild and Andile Dyalvane, photography by Adriaan Louw

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