EXHIBITION NOW LIVE, from today, 15 March till the end of April 2018, only at Starke Ayres Garden Centre Rosebank.
Red Seal Design Studio began operating in Barrydale in 2006 in an old warehouse. Clay was sourced from local farmers, locals were trained and trials began to manufacture ranges of flower pots for the South African market.
Today, they are a team of 9 resident potters and we employ local residents on a part time basis for our raw material sourcing of clays and recycled cardboard that we add to the clay to prevent cracking in the drying process.
They also use local ‘doppe’ (grape seeds and residue from the wine industry) mixed with sawdust and specialized clays to manufacture compostable pots that bio degrade when planted with the plant in the ground.
They have developed a Raku firing process based on Eastern traditions where we re-fire the pots in sawdust and wood chips to create texture, colors and crackles that are not able to be achieved in the electrical kiln firing process. Their focus is to attempt to make pots that compliment the plants and not to compete with it.
The exhibition depicts Red Seal Design Studio’s commercial pots as well as from their studio in Barrydale.