The Seabakgwana Pottery Project is approximately 124km from the main city Polokwane in the Limpopo Province. It is within the Capricorn district at Blouberg local Municipality area. The project operates from centre of Sewale, situated in Bull-Bull village at the foothills of the Blouberg Mountain. It is also within easy reach from the African Ivory Route Camp in Blouberg.
Here visitors can buy beautifully crafted traditional pottery that is of good quality.
The project specializes in the following products:
- Traditional pottery;
- Traditional beadwork;
- Woodwork; and
- Traditional basket making.
The project was started in 1968 by Mrs. Paullina Morukhu, she carried on until in 1993. Seabakgwana was formally registered in 2006.
Makhutsisa BTC as a service provider in collaboration with the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture identified and encouraged her to start projects, which will nurture the talent of young potters in this country.
After training in various field such as pottery, sewing, basic business management, theory and practical wooden products, the service provider approached the Department of Labour to assist with a sponsorship for the training of about 26 people in different skills such as wooden products and garment making. She managed to recruit men and woman who could assist her in making more products.
The project was established to achieve the following:
- To create jobs for the local community;
- To transfer new skills and knowledge of ceramic/pottery;
- To build the capacity of the community in order to run a ceramic enterprise;
- To establish a permanent industrial ceramic section and create a healthy working environment for creative craft endeavours; and
- To use advanced technology to develop ceramic products for local and tourism markets.
For more details or information contact Patricia.