“I’m amazed at how far we’ve come along. With no guarantees of what tomorrow brings, the artists are committed to seeing this business succeed. We’re all in it together and it’s like magic how things come about.”
Victor Shabalala, Founder
There’s a noticeable rhythm at Zimele…a blending of hearts, talent and vision. It’s a creative ecosystem in perpetual motion.
With fingers that never stop moving, our sculptors manipulate, mold and finesse clay into remarkable shapes and architectural structures. Our painting teams seamlessly dab their brushes and apply watercolours to the dried clay. Masters mentor newcomers, the old teach the young, rarely does anyone sit for long as their collaborative ideas flow for each art piece.
Several Zimele team members, like Vusi and Petros, have been ceramic artists for twenty years or longer, with a breadth of creative output that can be found in homes, galleries and offices worldwide. Others are just starting to hone their artistic talents and learning to tell stories through clay cultivated from the South African soil.
Whether veteran or rookie, our empowered team possesses unlimited artistic freedom to dream, explore and create. Everyone shares a passion for art, is committed to building a sustainable business that employs local residents, and is deeply vested in Zimele’s long-term success.