Nico Masemolo, protégé of Hylton Nel, dies age 30

Nico Masemolo, the talented young ceramic artist died suddenly in Calitzdorp at the weekend. He was just 30. Born in Bethulie in the Free State he was the ward and protégé of Hylton Nel, the celebrated artist potter. Masemolo shared Nel’s studio and whose advice and tuition on technique and glazes helped an extraordinary natural talent to blossom. He featured in “World of Interiors’ magazine and his New York exhibition was a sellout. Iziko Museums recently purchased a large group of his figurines, “Monkey Musicians” and his work was increasingly bought by major collectors both in South Africa and internationally.  – Trent Read

Nico Masemola, protege of Hylton Nel. Photo: Jac de Villiers