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The following is an extract from Wilma Cruise's review of The 2008 Corobrik National Ceramics Exhibition at The University of Johannesburg Art Gallery:

Wiebke von Bismarck's circular stoneware form also suggests growth. Her pot is evocative of an undersea landscape - perhaps an enlarged sea anemone or some pale form growing in a vegetable patch. In true modernist tradition this minimal vessel is simply entitled "Round Pot". Von Bismarck is a ceramist who has been consistent in her oeuvre. One day I would like to see a retrospective of her work at which stage I believe we would uncover a matchless artist who has quietly been working below the radar of critical attention.

Biography

Started pottery 1977, with Helene Elliot and Lesley-Ann Hoets.

Attended part-time classes for two years at the technical college in Paarl under Ralph Johnson.

Participated in regional and national exhibitions since 1980, as well as being accepted for the S.A. ceramic award exhibition in Durbanville.

Participates regularly in group exhibitions throughout South Africa.

Specialises in burnished sawdust-fired and majollica-decorated large bowls, platters and more recently, making white and white/beige decorated big pots and white and white/ beige thinly crafted bowls.

Award winner for hand-build ware at the regional exhibition 1996.

Merit award at Ceramics Biennale 1998 in Johannesburg.




WIEBKE VON BISMARCK
Oval Vase


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WIEBKE VON BISMARCK
Vase


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WIEBKE VON BISMARCK
Round Pot


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WIEBKE VON BISMARCK
Oval Beige/White Vase


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WIEBKE VON BISMARCK
Vessel


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WIEBKE VON BISMARCK
Vessel


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WIEBKE VON BISMARCK
Bowl


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WIEBKE VON BISMARCK
Pot


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