Cape Town

Ceri Muller


Ceri is a ceramic artist and sculptor based in Cape Town, South Africa. She creates clay vessels and other one-off pieces; designed either as functional items or to stand on their own as sculptural objects. The body of work she continually produces is inspired by the human body and the fluid, organic shapes found in the natural world. Every piece is made by hand and each is a unique expression.

“ I see each piece kind of like a human body with a unique shape, size and color, riddled with blemishes and imperfections. ”

"With a Master’s degree in fine art, Muller supposes she’s allowed to call her sculptural vessels ‘art’ but she prefers not to label them. “My things, like all things, just are what they are.” With their mouths agape and their haunted hollow eyes, her clay characters make a tragicomic addition to her catalogue. “They are so sweet and sad at the same time,” she says. What she’s usually busy making though, are more formal, but just as unusual, crinkly vessels and vases. She works from an old storage unit in her apartment block which she calls her studio dungeon and it’s here that she hand-sculpts her pieces, pressing her fingertips into their soft sides repetitively to make a pattern of uneven ridges. “It’s meditative and calms my mind,” she says. She came to this effect through playing around with different textures until she found something that she liked." - Sight Unseen, Alix-Rose Cowie