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Lynette Morris-Hale studied art at Natal Tech in the 1970's and  received a Higher Diploma in Art Education.  She has been involved in teaching art  for over 20 years.   She was re-elected Chair Person of  Ceramics Southern Africa Kzn Region 2011 , is co-editor of the Ceramic KZN Newsletter .and was a selector and one of the Award Judges at the Ceramic Association's Regional Exhibition in 2007 She has work in private and public collections (Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg and Clay Museum Cape Town)  and has exhibited in National and Regional Ceramic Exhibitions since 1996.  

She has had worked selected for the prestigious National Ceramic Exhibition since 1996 and  has won 4 Highly Recommended Awards for her ceramics (one was a National Award). In 2007, she was awarded the Premium Award in the Kzn Regional   She has also had work selected for various other exhibitions e.g Myths and Magic (Durban Art Gallery), Selected Members Travelling Exhibition of KZN Society of Arts (2005),  Jabulisa exhibtion 2010 and her work has been selected for the Vita Craft Exhibition for a number of years. She held her first solo exhibition in May 2009. She has written articles  National Ceramic Magazine and her work has appeared in various publications.  She sells her work to art galleries in Durban and America. 

"My working method is one that embraces chance, freedom, spontaneity and tension.  The selection and combinations of textures and shapes being made through on-the-spot choices based on whats available.  I keep collecting all things textural and have built up a box of treasures.  This approach allows me to make full use of the Surrealist technique of generating surprise.

Often I can increase the prominence of elements within a work by placing them in contexts that appear contradictory .While this is a process that allows the subconscious to play a part I never-the-less begin each work with an idea of the theme/image that I wish to create. 

My methods are as simple and as direct as possible allowing chance, the space to surprise (me)- a dialogue between my will and that of the material. Ceramic pieces must talk back to me and that is why I strive to get even my teapots to have a voice, a character. The clay is my co-artist and it never fails to delight me in its response to my guidance.

I challenge myself as an artist to be disturbed, to be experimental, to be innovative, to give birth to those magical images hovering at the fringes of my subconscious. Always mindful of  being a South African woman 2011 has seen me involved in making  strange fish platters- and teapots that evoke  aspects of the feminine"



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