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The Bird Tree – Sbusiso Mthembu

Starting bid: R2,000.00

This 1.2cm tall wooden tree features 70 unique ceramic birds made by South African artist Sbusiso Mthembu.

Item condition: New

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The Bird Tree

February 2024 brings something very special to the Woza Moya artist’s wall.

The Bird Tree is a wooden tree featuring the work of ceramic artist Sbusiso Mthembu. The branches of the tree hold 70 of Sbusiso’s ceramic birds. Each bird is unique and is made from terracotta clay, bisque fired and then smoke fired.

The tree stands approximately 1.2m tall and is 1.14m wide.

Artist Profile:

Sbusiso Mthembu, was born, and grew up in the South coast of Durban, in a community called uMthwalume Cabhane location. He finished high School in 2005 and moved to Durban in 2006 to look for better opportunities.

He did several jobs for survival. In 2021 he met Clive Sithole, a local ceramic artist who took him under his wing and taught him about ceramics.

More about Clive Sithole:

Clive was born in Soweto, South Africa. He earned a post-graduate diploma at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2007, and has since been honoured with many national awards. He traveled around South Africa to study and work with local potters, including Zulu and Venda ceramic artists. He continues to mentor and support emerging artists.

Sbusiso continues to learn and hone his skills:

Sbusiso is currently working as an apprentice to Clive and continuing to master skills in pottery, sculpturing and all things ceramics. They share a studio at the Phansi Museum and work with other visual South African artists.

Sbusiso loves nature and celebrating his culture and this is translated into his work. He loves carving texture into his work and these become beautiful patterns and act as contrasts to the smooth burnished places in his work.

Thanks to our Sponsors:

We would like to thank the 100% Foundation for coming on board with an ongoing sponsorship and making this monthly event possible.

Dimensions 1.14 × 1.14 × 1.2 cm

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Auction started February 3, 2024 6:00 am


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