TIME HONOURED SKILLS

WORDS BY GEORGE ROBINSON / PHOTOGRAPHS BY TIM BATCHELDER

“ Paying tribute to the trades that have stood the test of time ”
C E R A M I C S
AMOR COETZEE | DAYFEELS
PHOTOS TAKEN BY TRADER
 

“There is something incredibly therapeutic about feeling the clay between your hands and transforming it into something beautiful.” Growing up in the tiny seaside town of Gonubie, the sea has been Amor Coetzee's central inspiration. Her greatest joy is the freedom to be able to play as she works without having to create momentous sculpture pieces.

 

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JOSIE HARDY| BANC HANDCRAFTED
 

“There is so much to learn and with each new lesson comes new ideas for different pieces,” says Josie Hardy, as she sums up her approach to her work. Her craft speaks about her story in a vivid way as she grew up watching her grandfather in his workshop and began to appreciate the craftsmanship associated with woodwork - it was an art for him. 

 

W E A V I N G
STUART HOLDING | MUNGO
PHOTOS TAKEN BY TRADER
 
"I learnt to weave on silk mills in Yorkshire, England as a 16 year old boy." Even after recently celebrating his 70th birthday, Stuart Holding, still feels a long way from mastering the craft. For Stuart, his work needs to be authenticity and showcase the highest quality. 

 

L E A T H E R  M A K I N G

MAX PIENAAR | SAVIOUR BRAND CO

“I love what I make; that moment of transferring my emotions into what I make and having a piece of myself out there." For Max Pienaar, leather making is more than just the craft - it’s about the story behind every piece – the story of who made it, who was upskilled in the process and the journey of enjoying watching others fall in love with your work.

 

W O O D  T U R N I N G

DAVID KNIGHT | CHIPS OFF THE OLD BLOCK

“Each item is one off, revealing the uniqueness of each piece of wood.” David Knight started learning this skill at an early age, under his father’s tutelage, and produced his first wood turned piece by 12 years old. His work explores his thinking and is intended to highlight both the visual and tactile aspects of the wood. Hence, many are intended as conversational pieces rather than for practical purposes.

 


Apart from being a witty wordsmith George Robinson spends hours in Muizenberg studying theology. He's also a keen spear fisherman, which you can read about in Conteu Magazine's GROWTH issue.

Tim Batchelder is one super passionate photographer. The outdoors is where he finds his inspiration, particularly wildlife photography, and he hopes to one-day shoot epic covers for National Geographic. But for now you can see his work on his website.