Antoinette Badenhorst’s ceramic artwork on display at JCJC

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2017-09-18 13:59:46

ELLISVILLE – During the month of September, the works of ceramic artist and South African native, Antoinette Badenhorst are on display in the Eula Bass Lewis art gallery on the campus of Jones County Junior College. The public is invited to meet and watch the award winning artist and instructor create several pieces of pottery at a ceramic demonstration on Friday, September 29, beginning at 8:30 a.m. until about noon in the Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery.
 
Badenhorst’s career was launched after taking a basic pottery class and she has since then shown her work in different galleries and museums across South Africa and North America. In 1995, the budding artisan took part in her first exhibitions which eventually earned her the award for non-functional pottery in the Association of Potters, Northern Transvaal annual competition. Her work was also featured in The Silver Jubilee exhibition as South Africa’s award winning ceramic artist in 1998, during the 25th anniversary of APSA Southern Africa.
 
Her family moved to Mississippi in 1999 where she found herself without a studio to work in. Not allowed to earn an income, she traded her knowledge and expertise for working space in pottery studios around Northeast Mississippi. She trained several potters while she worked to obtain a green card for her and her family. Badenhorst continued to win awards on the national and international level. Her work has been accepted in several private and museum collections, including those of George and Laura Bush and Joan Bias.
 
In 2001, she obtained permanent residency for her and her family in the category, “extraordinary ability in the field of ceramic,” and after meeting different artistic criteria, Badenhorst became a citizen of the United States.  She took a big risk by changing her style of ceramics in 2005 from creating pit fired porcelain to translucent porcelain. Since then, Badenhorst has experimented with white translucent porcelain creations after living in Chicago for a few years.  The South African born ceramic artist has also recently branched out  in the world of technology and is presenting international porcelain e-classes from her own pottery studio in Saltillo, Mississippi.
 
“My porcelain work is all about movement; A dancing ballerina, a growing child, a fading sunset. There is energy all around us every second of our day, every moment of our lives. It is an energy that keep things in motion that make things grow, that touches our senses and influence our lives in ways that we are often unaware of,” said Badenhorst.
 
For more information about the JCJC art show or to arrange a visit to the gallery contact the gallery office at 601-477-4148.  The Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  The gallery is closed for lunch daily from 11:30 until noon.  If you want to know more about the JCJC Fine Arts Department check out the JCJC Fine Arts Facebook page at JCJCFineArts 

 

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