RAISING FUNDS FOR RHINOS
We hear so much about the horrific killings and the orphaned baby rhinos but many of us feel there is little that we as individuals can do. I started my Project Rhino as my own way to contribute to the anti-poaching efforts.
I have spent several years making rhino inspired ceramics and my work includes thrown vases with Rhino silhouettes and bowls with horns attached to them and sculptures. Each one is either wheel thrown or handmade by me.
The rhino sculptures are mostly made using the slab technique, my favourite, which ensures that each rhino produced is unique and has its own personality. The rhinos are given texture by using a variety of tools, my favourite being a wrinkled granadilla. The pots are fired in an electric kiln or Raku or Obvaru.
My rhino themed pots are available for purchase from my studio and through shops and galleries supplied by Rhino Revolution
INSTALLATION AND EXHIBITIONS
I had a very successful solo exhibition in 2013 entitled ‘All fired up for Rhinos’ which allowed me to make a substantial donation to the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT).
My installation illustrating the terrible increase in rhino poaching was selected in the top fifteen art works at the Thami Mnyeli Fine Art exhibition. It was also well received when exhibited at the Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS) the following year, and was part of the GIBS Art on Campus program. It will be updated to illustrate the terrible increase in poaching over the last decade.
I am committed to helping the plight of Rhino’s in South Africa by donating to a reputable organisation. 100% of the proceeds made from the sale of my rhino work is donated to supporting the rhino cause. I have recently formed a relationship with Rhino Revolution where 50% of proceeds goes to support Rhino Revolution and the balance is donated to the Endangered Wildlife Trust.
South Africa has, in the last decade, witnessed a huge spike in sophisticated, violent and organised rhino-related criminal activities.
The animals' distinctive horns are hacked off to be smuggled to the lucrative Asian black market, where the fingernail-like substance is falsely believed to have powerful healing properties.
The ground horn, which is believed by some to cure cancers, has taken on a new use and is now being pushed as a recreational drug mixed with drinks in the belief that it cures hangover. On the black market, the horns are worth their weight in gold.