About

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Peter Mthombeni was born 1962 in Benoni, he attended the Zenzeleni High School and later completed his national diplomas in graphics and ceramics at the University of Johannesburg (previously the Technikon Witwatersrand) and Higher National Diploma in ceramics. Peter was the first black man to register at the School of Art and Design in the 80’s before the Government of National Unity came into power in 1994. He faced many challenges, which he overcame with determination and integrity and is now an artist of renown.

Peter has worked as a designer and modeller in various ceramic studios and has been a teacher and lecturer passing on his knowledge and skills to other ceramists and students. He has also had vast experience judging exhibitions, competitions and moderating tertiary practical work. At present he is self employed, running his own studio in Johannesburg, producing a range of utilitarian and decorative work in bright colours that has become his distinctive style. He makes teapots, teacups, mugs, cake stands, platters, sugar bowls, milk jugs, and a range of custom made products, some of which are featured on this site.

Peter is a member of the Bryanston Organic market where he shows his work at his stall every Thursday and Saturday. He enjoys the contact with customers and the other stall-holders and is always open to new ideas or special orders.

Peter had his first solo exhibition in 1992 at the Market Gallery in Newtown (Johannesburg) since then he has exhibited and travelled frequently. He was part of the Atlanta Olympic pre-programme exhibition and workshops, has opened the Potters Association of Namibia’s annual show and travelled as a guest artist to Knights Gallery in Toronto Canada. On the local front, Peter has exhibited at the annual national Decorex expo. and participated in the Design Indaba 2007.

Peter has received numerous awards for his high quality ceramic work, he received the Gauteng Region Arts, Culture and Heritage Award in 1999, the FNB Vita Craft Now Award,-millennium merit in 2000 and the Johannesburg Merchandising Award for functional ceramic ware in 2006.

His work resides in a number of private, international as well as national collections as well as President Nelson Mandela’s personal collection, Pretoria Art Museum, Durban Art Museum, Toronto Museum and the Gallerie II Venturio in Belgium. His commissioned works are numerous, his work forms part of the Johannesburg Westcliff Heritage Trust, the Forum Homimi Hotel at the cradle of Humankind, A dinner plate set for an international event hosted by President Thabo Mbeki as well as a life size portrait of a Polish Second World War Veteran and a larger than life portrait of the late chief minister of the former Kwa-Ndebele Homeland.