Award-winning Durban artist Luthuli’s spiritual ceramics on display at Tatham

One of ceramic artist Sbonelo Luthuli’s pots.

One of ceramic artist Sbonelo Luthuli’s pots.

Award-winning ceramic artist from Durban, Sbonelo Luthuli’s exhibition will be showcased at Tatham Art Gallery’s Schreiner Gallery from Sunday, May 15 at 11 am until June 26 at 5 pm.

The exhibition, which is titled ‘Ihubo leNgabadi/Song of the Soil’, reveals how the artist looks at the spirituality underpinning life in general and how this has affected his own personal life.

Modelled with the spiritual powers

Luthuli’s work arises from religious, political and traditional practices, heritage, customs and aspects of the dynamics of life in general.

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Each artwork is modelled with the spiritual powers that he experiences, which allow him to unravel, and navigate a path of creative impulses. These impulses draw their character from love, anger, hate, pain, resolve and happiness.

His vessels are enhanced with texture and detail that can be aligned to the ways his ancestors are recognised through ritualistic incisions and body scarification.