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Join our pottery class to get a feel of how we make our pottery

 

We had such a fun morning at Gabane pottery with Martin. He taught us the basics in pottery and is the most encouraging teacher. I also wanted to buy half the shop. So many beautiful things for sale.’

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Our History

The MAN

BEHIND Gabane Pottery

 

 

 

Martin Kabwe has 32 years’ experience in studio pottery. He trained and worked as a potter at the Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation in Kitwe, Zambia. In 1993. Mr. Kabwe and his family emigrated from Zambia to Botswana where he was to supervise and manage Pelegano pottery.

 

 

In 1996 when the pottery was facing closure due to lack of profit, Mr. Kabwe decided to buy out the pottery from Pelegano Village Industries and continue operation with the same group of employees. The pottery has been operating since then.

 

 

Martin is currently a member of the Botswana Crafts council and has over the years used his acquired skills and experience together with his passion for the beauty of the Botswana landscape to produce unique pottery pieces.

 

 

The patterns engraved on the pottery have been adapted from traditional mud huts that are rapidly been replaced by modern brick houses. With his work, Martin is trying to revive the ancient traditional patterns which were used to decorate homes in Southern Africa.

 

The MAN

BEHIND Gabane Pottery

 

 

Martin Kabwe has 32 years’ experience in studio pottery. He trained and worked as a potter at the Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation in Kitwe, Zambia. In 1993. Mr. Kabwe and his family emigrated from Zambia to Botswana where he was to supervise and manage Pelegano pottery.

Martin is currently a member of the Botswana Crafts council and has over the years used his acquired skills and experience together with his passion for the beauty of the Botswana landscape to produce unique pottery pieces.

With his work, Martin is reviving the tradi-tional art of decorating the home which has been practiced in Southern Africa for centuries. The above mentioned characteristics make Gabane pottery an interesting studio with a multiplicity of ideas and style to comprehend a full appreciation of traditional or contem-porary pottery .

Martin is currently a member of the Botswana Crafts council and has over the years used his acquired skills and experience together with his passion for the beauty of the Botswana landscape to produce unique pottery pieces.

Our Awards

Potter of the month October 2019

 

 

Catherine Mweemba Kabwe was born in Kitwe, copper belt province, Zambia in 1968. In 1985 she met Martin Kabwe in Kitwe. During that time Martin was a studio pottery student at the Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation. Catherine and Martin were married two years later. In 1993, Catherine and her family relocated to Botswana where Martin was to assume a managerial position at Pelegano Pottery. When Martin took over the pottery business in 1996 and changed the name of the business to Gabane pottery, Catherine’s interest in pottery was sparked.

 

 

She started learning pottery hand building techniques such as coiling and slab work under the tutelage of her experienced husband. Within a few years Catherine had mastered the coiling method and could make a big garden pot and a tandoori oven.  She later expanded her hobby to making smaller more detailed unique pottery pieces that were inspired by the chitenge fabric, the natural African landscape and traditional designs adapted from the mud huts and basket ware typical of Botswana.

 

 

In 2011 tragedy struck and Catherine was diagnosed with cancer. She underwent a six weeks regime of radiation and chemotherapy. After recovering from the harsh effects of the treatment, she resumed with her pottery creation with a newfound hope, renewed strength and zeal. She started playing around with more vibrant, livelier colors and glazes, and more complex patterns. To mark the remission of her cancer, Catherine hosted a solo exhibition in the Gabane pottery showroom in December 2016.

 

 

In 2018 she became a member of Ceramics Sothern African (CSA). Catherine and Martin had the opportunity to show case their work for the first time in South Africa at the Sandon Potters Market in November 2018, hosted by CSA. Catherine has also exhibited her work at an exhibition hosted by Alliance Française, Gaborone in April 2019.

 

 

She was selected as the potter of the month of October 2019 by CSA.

Potter of the month October 2019

 

 

Catherine Mweemba Kabwe was born in Kitwe, copper belt province, Zambia in 1968. In 1985 she met Martin Kabwe in Kitwe. During that time Martin was a studio pottery student at the Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation. Catherine and Martin were married two years later. In 1993, Catherine and her family relocated to Botswana where Martin was to assume a managerial position at Pelegano Pottery. When Martin took over the pottery business in 1996 and changed the name of the business to Gabane pottery, Catherine’s interest in pottery was sparked.

 

 

She started learning pottery hand building techniques such as coiling and slab work under the tutelage of her experienced husband. Within a few years Catherine had mastered the coiling method and could make a big garden pot and a tandoori oven.  She later expanded her hobby to making smaller more detailed unique pottery pieces that were inspired by the chitenge fabric, the natural African landscape and traditional designs adapted from the mud huts and basket ware typical of Botswana.

 

 

In 2011 tragedy struck and Catherine was diagnosed with cancer. She underwent a six weeks regime of radiation and chemotherapy. After recovering from the harsh effects of the treatment, she resumed with her pottery creation with a newfound hope, renewed strength and zeal. She started playing around with more vibrant, livelier colors and glazes, and more complex patterns. To mark the remission of her cancer, Catherine hosted a solo exhibition in the Gabane pottery showroom in December 2016.

 

 

In 2018 she became a member of Ceramics Sothern African (CSA). Catherine and Martin had the opportunity to show case their work for the first time in South Africa at the Sandon Potters Market in November 2018, hosted by CSA. Catherine has also exhibited her work at an exhibition hosted by Alliance Française, Gaborone in April 2019.

 

 

She was selected as the potter of the month of October 2019 by CSA.

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