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CamdenART hosts South African potter

Posted: March 28, 2013 4:53 p.m.
Updated: March 29, 2013 5:00 a.m.

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CamdenART will host South African potter Jacobus H. Greyling at its Monday meeting. Greyling will speak beginning at 7 p.m. in the Bassett Gallery at the Fine Arts Center.

Greyling started working with clay as a hobby in 1986 in Midrand, Johannesburg, in the Republic of South Africa. Later, he was understudy to Digby Hoets, the internationally renowned potter, known for his oversized wheel built vessels following a traditional African form. Since then, after moving to Columbia, Greyling has found a kinship with other distinguished and diverse potters at the Richland County Craft Studio in Columbia. He makes and sells his pottery at the Riverside Recreation Center, 1600 Garner Lane in Columbia.

Greyling has developed a line of useful functional items such as teapots, cups, mugs and dishes all in his own style. His pots and clay forms reflect his closeness to nature through their simplicity, usefulness and earthy colors.

Jacob and his wife, Ann, are connected to the Americas through a church community of which their parents were members in South Africa. They moved from Pretoria, South Africa, to Columbia last year to set up permanent residence near his oldest son and family. They are reconnecting with other friends who have previously moved from South Africa to South Carolina.

Anyone interested in art is welcome to attend meetings. For more information on membship in Camden ART, contact Marta Herman at CamdenART is an Affiliate of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County.


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