“The Art of Changing Lives”

About Us

It was 2006 and I (Toni Burton) was appointed Ceramics lecturer at a College for skills transfer in the local community of Masiphumulele.

Sixty trainees were selected to be part of Zizamele Ceramics, a “learn-and-earn” opportunity!  All received an 18-month training in ceramics skills, numeracy, literacy and life-skills.  They were taught hand-building ceramic skills, wheel work and how to do hand-painting while developing artisanal products they could take to market.  South African art and design was the flavour of the month due to our recent rainbow nation and Nelson Mandela and the local handmade craft scene was booming at the time!

Toni Burton

Zizamele Ceramics’ first export order was in 2008 for 1500 items ordered by Anthropologie in USA.   The same year we were  named a Craft Icon by the local Craft&Design Institute. Sisanda Mbana received an award at the National Ceramics exhibition and Toni travelled with the products to market them in Korea and India at trade fairs.

Fast forward to 2020 and with ceramic skills that have blossomed, we have a large product line and a retail outlet at the V&A Waterfront – Africa’s biggest tourist destination.  Find us at The Watershed, a space dedicated to the handmade, the artisanal and the gorgeous!

If you can’t visit us, you can view and order our products on our online shop where you will often find discounts and specials.  You can book to attend a Ceramics Workshop,  where you can join our ceramic superstars who will help you make your own  fabulous ceramic  creations.

The Zizamele Team

Zizamele creates highly sought after and collectable ceramic pieces that can be found all around the world as they are increasingly exporting to various countries. Product development and training is ongoing and each artist is encouraged to develop their own speciality.




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