This young South African artist uses the everyday dinner plate as a canvas

Duma Mtimkulu was one of 40 young exhibitors at Design Indaba 2018. Entries for 2019 are now open.
Posted 4 Jun 18 By Design Indaba Duration: 00:02:40 African DesignCraft Interviews / Video Interviews Comments

Born in the East Rand, 23-year-old Duma Mtimkulu creates handmade ceramics inspired by social issues like poverty and class.

Exhibiting among 40 other young designers at the Design Indaba Festival 2018, Mtimkulu brought along two bodies of work.

The first is a series of ceramic vases and the second is a series of wall pieces. The dinner plates are inspired by the breadwinners in our households, says Mtimkulu. “Hence, the usage of a plate as a canvas.”

After observing life in the townships of South Africa, Mtimkulu’s work evolved to reflect how hard people who live in impoverished areas must work to survive.

His range of dinner plates are black and white juxtaposed against a pop of colour.

The Emerging Creatives Programme is an annual scan of up-and-coming South African doers and makers. For Mtimkulu, the experience helps to open the world of design to a broader audience.

Applications for the Design Indaba Emerging Creatives Class of 2019 are now open. APPLY NOW

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