Award-winning potter Anthony Shapiro began making ceramics when he was 13 years old.
Today, Anthony is recognised as one of the leading ceramicists in South Africa. Over his career that spans 3 decades, he has become well known as a prolific creator and maker, retailer and gallerist, curator as well as teacher, He has contributed to developing and deepening the public’s interest in ceramics as an art form.
Anthony’s ceramics are mainly hand thrown, but he also loves hand building large coiled vessels. His ceramic bowls are found in galleries, shops and homes throughout South Africa and abroad and are recognised by their simple, iconic form and exquisite colours and glazes.
Anthony firmly believes that ‘makers must make‘ and for him making ceramics is a way of being in the world, a calling, a vocation.
He has supplied countless exclusive retail boutiques, both locally and abroad, which include ABC Carpet and Home in New York City and The Conran Stores worldwide.
Anthony served an apprenticeship with the pottery doyenne Kim Sacks from 1988-1990. He learnt hand-building with Charmaine Renzon who taught him everything he knows about building large pots
Kim was travelling frequently during this time and Anthony began taking Kim’s pottery classes whilst she travelled. Anthony’s love affair with teaching was immediate! He loved the sacred space it creates, the community it forms. He and the way he could guide and teach people to make beautiful vessels.
Anthony saw an advert for a pottery teacher at Ernest Ullman Recreation Centre in Morningside, Johannesburg. He applied for the position and took over the studio where he created a buzzing hive of creativity, teaching approximately 80 people over 6 classes a week.
During Anthony’s prolific production years, he always kept his hand in teaching. His staff knew that on a Tuesday morning and Thursday evening, he was not available.
Anthony specializes in teaching hand building and wheel throwing techniques. and welcomes all students, beginners, intermediate and advanced.
His well-equipped studio is conveniently situated in the trendy and artistic precinct in Harrington Street in the Cape Town City Bowl, where there are loads of parking lots during the day and free street parking in the evening and many interesting little coffee shops and restaurants.
79 Roeland Street
Off street parking available.
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Anthony moved to Cape Town in January 2012 and within his first year, he was appointed Executive Director of Art in the Forest, an incredible double-volume space overlooking the Kloof Nek forests. This marked a rewarding and interesting phase in his career and gave him a taste for retail, curating and running a gallery. He developed Art in the Forest into an exciting ceramic hub – the go-to studio for aspiring potters; a place where beautiful pieces were produced and a gallery for local and overseas’ ceramic lovers, who all left with beautiful collectors’ pieces.
In Anthony’s retail outlets he stocks and sells the very best of contemporary South African ceramics including Anthony Shapiro COLLECT, Charmaine Haines, Hennie Meyer, Lisa Firer and Kendal Warren, just to name a few.
The carved ‘Ant and Linda Collect ‘ range has a distinctly sophisticated South African contemporary look that plays with both design and colour.
In addition to these outlets, Anthony’s exhibit his ceramics at the leading retail design and lifestyle exhibitions in Johannesburg a few times a year.
Open 7 days a week
10h00 – 19h00
082 853 0988
Open 7 days a week
09h00 – 17h00
082 853 0988
Call : 082 853 0988 | Email : email@example.com
Please note that Anthony Shapiro Studio is delighted to be moving to 79 on Roeland Street corner of Harrington Street.
The new studio is twice as large and is flooded in natural light and the same parking areas are all within walking distance and there is plenty of street parking at 5.30 for evening classes.
Classes will resume on the 2nd of September from the new studio.
Please continue to use the studio booking form and note it will be for September 2019.