Theft of art sculptures from Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in Durbanville

Two sculptures that form part of the “Curious Creatures” ceramic sculpture garden – which is on display at the Rust-en-Vrede gallery in Durbanville until 4 December – have been stolen.

The two sculptures stolen are ‘Mad Hatter’, by ceramist Delise Reich’s and ‘Meerkat’ by Mary Simons. Organisers of the event, Ceramics SA Western Cape, are offering a reward for any information that leads to the safe return of these sculptures.

We are all devastated by this theft. The remaining sculptures have been moved and are now being exhibited on the veranda outside the Eatery at Rust-en-Vrede where there are security beams at night to protect them,” says Dr. Ralph Johnson, Ceramics SA National Chairperson.

Anyone with information on the theft and whereabouts of these sculptures can contact Dr. Ralph Johnson on

Curious Creatures is part of Ceramics Month which is running until 4 December in Cape Town. Running concurrently is also a unique art installation which has been erected by the acclaimed land artist and sculptor Strijdom van der Merwe, which sees the humble brick transformed into art.

Other activities that form part of Ceramics Month include the Corobrik National Ceramics Biennale. Organised by Ceramics SA Western Cape, the biennale features a carefully curated exhibition of ceramic art from some of South Africa’s top ceramic artists.

Saturday 01 December sees Rust-en-Vrede playing host to the Spot Market – the only curated ceramics market in South Africa consisting of 30 carefully selected stalls selling their ceramics.

In addition to this there will be live music, food trucks, and clay activities for the kids. This is truly a fun day out for the entire family. The night before the Spot Market, Friday 30 November, sees a very exciting Raku firing demonstration taking place at Rust-en-Vrede between 19:00 and 21:00. Food and Drinks will be available for purchase. Bring a blanket and chair and enjoy the evening with family and fellow art lovers alike. The event is free of charge.

For more information on the Ceramics Month line-up contact 021 976 4691 or email or visit