The School of Nel Ceramics

Works by Imeldo "Melvin" Wagenaar & Hannes "Basie" Gerhardus
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It’s been a few years since we last exhibited work by the group of artists from Calitzdorp who are informally referred to as The School of Nel. Since we last showed their work, their mentor Hylton Nel has packed up his world-famous home and studio, and moved – and so it’s been a challenge for his proteges to create, glaze and fire any new work. A few weeks ago, I received a knock on my door that was followed by a giant, tatty cardboard box filled with colourful, ceramic creatures made by Imeldo ‘Melvin’ Wagenaar. And then a week after that I received another box of bubble-wrapped ceramics delivered by Hannes ‘Basie’ Gerhardus himself! The two artists have found a way to create work and its their work that we can offer you in this catalogue.
 
Since we have received these new pieces, Hylton has made international headlines by his current-collaboration with the high fashion brand Dior. With a catwalk filled with over-sized …. cats – Nel has proven to the world that even potters in a small Klein Karoo town can make it to the bright lights of Paris and the world. My hope is that these pieces travel far and wide and continue to bring joy to those who collect their work,
 
 

Please note that the work in this catalogue is made by Hylton’s former studio assistants; glazing inconsistencies and minor cracks do appear in some of the pieces. Should you like detail shots of any individual pieces, kindly let us know and we will send them to you. For all inquiries and for sales, please contact us via email or Whatsapp:

(e): info@chandlerhouse.co.za
(t): +27 83 271 0029

 
 
 
 

Works by Imeldo "Melvin" Wagenaar

A Lion at Rest

Glazed Ceramic

34cm long

R16 200

“Wanna Go Play?”

Glazed Ceramic

25cm long

R14 200

Guard Dog!

Glazed Ceramic

22cm long

R9 600

A Cape Lion

Glazed Ceramic

16cm high

R10 200

A Sheep in the Pasture

Glazed Ceramic

25cm long

R7 400

Sunday Dog

Glazed Ceramic

18cm long

R8 400

A Rabbit Hiding Behind Rocks

Glazed Ceramic

17cm long

R8 400

A Pony Horse

Glazed Ceramic

17cm long

R7 800

Looking Out

Glazed Ceramic

27cm high

R8 400 sold

Taking a Break

Glazed Ceramic

20cm high

R8 400 sold

The following works are of an adult nature and might offend some people. Please keep scrolling to see them if you have a good sense of humour.

Life’s Hard I

Glazed Ceramic

16cm high

R6 200

Life’s Hard II

Glazed Ceramic

27cm high

R12 200

Life’s Hard III

Glazed Ceramic

24cm high

R9 800

Life’s Hard IV

Glazed Ceramic

19cm long

R9 800

Life’s Hard V

Glazed Ceramic

17cm high

R9 800

Works by Hannes "Basie" Gerhardus

A Lion with a Goat I

Glazed Ceramic

24cm long

R 8 200

A Walking Horse

Glazed Ceramic

23cm high

R4 800

A Rabbit with a Carrot

Glazed Ceramic

25cm high

R6 500

A Rabbit with Crossed Paws

Glazed Ceramic

22cm long

R3 500

A Rabbit Eating a Carrot

Glazed Ceramic

25cm high

R6 500

A Goat Chewing Grass

Glazed Ceramic

26cm high

R4 500

A Sitting Rabbit

Glazed Ceramic

23cm high

R6 500

A Standing Rabbit

Glazed Ceramic

27cm high

R2 500 sold

A Green Lion 

Glazed Ceramic

24cm high

R2 400

A Lion with a Goat II

Glazed Ceramic

24cm high

R6 500

A Water Buffalo

Glazed Ceramic

20cm high

R4 500

A Lion with a Bone

Glazed Ceramic

23cm high

R2 200

For all sales and inquiries,

please contact Chandler House:

info@chandlerhouse.co.za
+27 83 271 0029

 

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