Johan Swart is a ceramicist based in Stellenbosch. After completing his degree in Ceramic Design –from the Free State University of Technology, his journey with clay began in 1988. As a young aspiring potter he was eager to shape the most impressive and intricate vessels, learning and using various techniques. Later in life he realised that there was so much more to the medium of clay as well as the processes involved in creating his stoneware and porcelain ceramic art objects.
For Johan, there is calmness in the shaping process, a joy in pouring yourself into the clay. Being guided by passion will produce work that reflects its maker, good or bad but nonetheless honest. Johan sees the process of making as meditative experience as each pot or vessel is made and painted by hand. This also shows in the forms, shapes and painting designs used.