Porcupine Art out of Africa
The contemporary Porcupine Art from Africa may be found tucked away in a corner of the enormous warehouse that houses the Mohair Mill Shop.
The aesthetic of the collection has been characterized as “Euro-Africentric,” which gives it a multifaceted and contemporary approach to art while preserving the cultural legacy and natural splendor of Africa. Africa, and South Africa in particular, is home to a mind-boggling variety of languages, cultures, religious practices, and philosophical views.
Porcupine Ceramics was founded in 1994 as a humble house pottery and has now expanded to occupy a sizeable studio in The Mohair Mill. The original location of the business was in The Crags. Producing handmade ceramic objects with African art and wildlife inspiration and achieving an intriguing crackling look through the ancient Japanese burning technique known as “Raku” by quickly cooling the glaze after it has been removed from a very hot kiln, forcing the glaze to contract and to stretch creating small cracks that are characterized by carbon penetration while smoldering in a firepit covered with wood shavings In order to ensure that each Raku ceramic receives the highest level of protection possible while in transit, it is encased in a polyurethane foam pack.
The Porcupine craftsmen, most of whom are from the adjacent rural village in The Crags, have been educated and mentored in order to acquire the skills necessary to provide for themselves and our families.
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