– David Schlapobersky throws big pots at Bukkenburg – 

Published on Jul 31, 2013

David Schlapobersky of Bukkenburg Pottery Studio in Swellendam, South Africa, demonstrates how to throw a big stoneware pot using the coil and throw method.


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 – Swellendam promotional video –

Published on Dec 8, 2015

Swellendam is a town in the Overberg region of the Western Cape; about two and a half hours drive inland from both Cape Town and George. One of the larger towns along the N2, Swellendam is located in a very scenic area of the Garden Route, at the foot of the Langeberg Mountain range. Located next to the Marloth Nature Reserve and the Bontebok National Park, the town is also an administrative centre for agriculture in the region, which is largely focused on wheat, canola, oats, sheep and dairy farming.

Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa, and was founded in the mid-1700s as part of the colonial expansion of the Dutch East India Company in the Cape. While independent farmers had first established themselves in the area before then, the town was officially established as an administrative centre in 1743. The Dutch East India Company’s presence was further enforced with the construction of the original Drostdy in 1747, an historic Cape Dutch building that still stands in the town today. In general, Swellendam is known for these kinds of historic buildings, and is famous for a number of other Cape Dutch style and other heritage-listed structures.

– David Schlapobersky makes pottery oval dishes –

Uploaded on Aug 23, 2009

David Schlapobersky of Bukkenburg Pottery Studio demonstrates the making of oval dishes.

– Turning a pottery side plate – 

Uploaded on Oct 21, 2009

David Schlapobersky of Bukkenburg Pottery in Swellendam, South Africa demonstrates turning a pottery side plate.

– Throwing a pottery sideplate –

Uploaded on Oct 21, 2009

David Schlapobersky of Bukkenburg pottery in Swellendam South Africa, demonstrates throwing a pottery sideplate.

– Glazing and decorating pots –

Uploaded on Oct 25, 2009

David Schlapobersky and Felicity Potter of Bukkenburg Studio in Swellendam, South Africa, demonstrate the application of glaze and oxide decoration before their pots are reduction fired.

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