By: Nokuphila Nzimande

20 Years later and Decorex Cape Town is still the best exhibition show to lookout for. This year they unveiled a range of exciting new and modernised features along with well-known installations. The show took place in CapeTown International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 27 April to the 1st of May 2018.

Their theme for this year was “Rhythm of life” as each installation has been carefully selected to reflect current trends and unexpected inspiration using South African talent and products.  I was delighted to be part of the show to experience Africa’s premium décor, design and lifestyle exhibition.

My top pick that really played along with the theme has to be 100%Design South Africa pavilion that brought 20 local handmade ceramics to the fore with a striking exhibition concept, curated by Cathy O’Clery of Platform Creative Agency.

All the ceramicists participated in 100% Clay, have been asked to lend their stellar talents to the same challenge, each had to make only one bowl, one jug, one cup and one plate. The idea was to allow visitors to delight in varying aesthetic styles while appreciating the versatility of this earthy medium and how age-old techniques can be used to such contemporary effect.


“For a long time, I have believed that ceramic-making is a design discipline in which South Africa excels. Our artists and designers are renowned around the world but we rarely celebrate this in our own country with large collective exhibitions,” explains O’Clery.

Before the showO’Clary mentioned that she wants the public who visited the 100% Clay stand to engage with the endless possibilities of what working with clay can achieve, which made her choose the everyday household objects we all use.

We experienced both glazed and unglazed ceramics in a superbly restrained colour palette of white, off-white, black, grey, brown, terracotta, pale pink, celadon, gold and bronze. Looking forward to what they will surprise us within the next show.

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