for Indigenus Planters
The Bhaca planter collection, designed by Andille Dyalvane for Indigenus, is a remarkable ensemble of stone planters with a profound connection to his Xhosa heritage. Bhaca, meaning “scarification,” serves as a vessel to mark rites of passage, clan identification, and healing, typically manifested through delicate incisions on the skin, most commonly on the cheeks.
Andile’s artistic vision is to preserve and share the cultural significance of this ancient tradition, transcending boundaries by channeling its essence into clay. In a mesmerizing dance of craftsmanship, he cuts into the clay, carefully coaxing open the incisions where they intersect as if tenderly unveiling the essence within.
Each piece has been meticulously scanned and scaled up from its original smaller clay vessels, resulting in awe-inspiring, impactful forms crafted from stone. Andile’s narrative finds expression through these grand creations, inviting the world to partake in the captivating tale of cultural heritage, craftsmanship, and ancestral reverence.
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.