This weekend saw the opening of Ceramic Factory’s brand new concept store in Robertson at the Clairvaux wine estate. We got to enjoy a fabulous day out on Friday and have a sneak peak of the shop and the factory itself where all the magic happens. We also got to meet the creative team and founder, Rial Visagie, which was a treat.
You’ll find Clairvaux just of the R60 at the entrance to Robertson. This wine cellar started out as a thriving dairy farm and now five generations later, Rial has returned to his family’s farm and the original barns, storerooms and stables have been converted into the new Ceramic Factory home.
Vineyards and mountain views welcome you on arrival along with an extensive family of mini dinosaurs peaking out from various vegetable patches and shrubbery. This gives one an inkling of Ceramic Factory’s playful nature.
With two successful stores in Cape Town and Johannesburg, their third venture is sure to do just as well. Fresh white walls and a beautiful light filled space are the perfect backdrop for their bold, quirky ceramics. Fun scatter cushions with Walter Batiss prints complement the showroom perfectly.
Their products are fun as well as functional and appeal to a wide audience, I was certainly tempted to shop up a storm. I’m mad about the new faceted pieces and the matt black colourway.
The actual factory sits alongside the shop and it was fascinating to be able to get a glimpse into the process of making moulds and ceramics. The other new addition to the Clairvaux estate, is the sculpture garden created by Teresa Lizamore but more about that tomorrow.
This is a fabulous addition to Robertson’s offerings so do make a note to visit on your next countryside meander.
All photography: Lana Kenney ©