is a ceramist living in Howick. After finishing her Honours in Ceramics, she taught at primary schools in Madagascar, and then in South Africa. Wanting to pursue her dream to run a ceramics studio, she enrolled at the University of KwaZulu Natal and completed her MA in ceramics. She currently teaches art at Cowan House
and has her own studio, running workshops and selling her work. She makes utilitarian ware as well as sculptural porcelain pieces.
Ingrid Adams qualified as a fashion designer, an art teacher and completed a B.A.Fine Arts with Unisa. She travelled extensively whilst running a successful business in fashion and home textiles. Viewing Sumi-e and ink painting in China, Japan and Korea, she embarked on a Sumi-e course with Louis and was instantly smitten. Retiring from business, Ingrid completed a B.A. Fine Arts Honours, and recently a Masters, with UKZN Pietermaritzburg. Both the research and practical were focused on Sumi-e. She now paints and teaches Sumi-e part-time.
Louis van Loon lectured in Buddhist philosophy at the Universities of Cape Town and Durban-Westville for 22 years. He established the Buddhist Retreat Centre in 1980 and, along with his wife, Chrisi, directs its affairs. Both were involved in the compilation of the BRC’s popular recipe books Quiet Food, The Cake The Buddha Ate and Plentiful: The Big Book Of Buddha Food. His interest lies in the psychology of meditation and in the relationship between art, science, religion and philosophy. He is an architect and consulting civil and structural engineer in private practice in Durban. He teaches Sumie, Japanese brush painting, and sketching in Durban, Cape Town and Ixopo.