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 Sumie and ink painting in China, Japan and Korea, she embarked on a Sumie 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 Sumie. She currently paints and teaches Sumie part-time.
Antony Shapiro made his first ceramic at thirteen. Forty- three years later, he is a multiple award- winning potter recognised as one of the leading potters in South Africa. Over his four-decade-long career, he has become well known as a prolific creator and maker, retailer and gallerist, curator and teacher. His firm belief that ‘makers must make’ is essential to his love of pottery. In 1988 Anthony started as an apprentice with the pottery doyenne, Kim Sacks, while simultaneously learning the art of hand-building with Charmaine Renzon. During his apprenticeship, Kim asked Anthony to teach her classes when she travelled. Immediately he fell in love with the process of teaching others to make, and his passion evolved into a love of the space teaching created, the community it formed and the joy he experienced with his students. In 1989, he took up a position as the pottery teacher at Earnest Ullman Recreation Centre in Johannesburg. Within months he had transformed the Studio into a hive of activity, home to over seventy students. Throughout this time, he maintained his dedication to his own making. For Anthony, making is a way of being in the world and a calling and a vocation. His work has been sold in some of the most exclusive retailers locally and internationally.