Andile Dyalvane, a prominent ceramic artist from South Africa, expresses his deep spiritual connection to his Xhosa ancestors through his intricate and large-scale ceramic artworks. Born in Ngobozana, a small village in the Eastern Cape, Dyalvane’s upbringing as a farmer instilled in him a profound bond with the land and Xhosa culture, which he beautifully conveys in his creations. Clay, or “umhlaba” (mother earth), serves as a life-affirming connection to the soil and a medium for storytelling, bridging his past, present, and future.
Having completed his art and design education, including a ceramic design diploma, Dyalvane co-founded Imiso Ceramics in 2005 alongside Zizipho Poswa. The studio gained international recognition for its handmade tableware and vessels. Influenced by the ancient African tradition of body scarification, Dyalvane developed a unique language of incision marks, which continues to inspire his collectible work for the Southern Guild. He explores more complex ideas with Southern Guild, focusing on sculptural and monumental qualities, creating a distinct space for his artistic expression.