Established over 25 years ago, by Ceramic ArtistNjalikwa Chongwe and his partner Jacqueline Rodrigues, Zinongo Gallery is a distinctive landmark in South Fremantle, with its 2 metre high mural of the three dancing women adorning the gallery façade. The gallery is located in an old traditional corner shop, high on the Beaconsfield Ridge which overlooks the Indian Ocean with views to Rottnest Island. Njalikwa makes and fires a wide range of low fired Raku and high fired Stoneware ceramic pieces from the Gallery's onsite ceramics studio.
Stoneware Range. This stoneware range durable & functional (microwave, oven & dishwasher safe). Njalikwa creates his own crackled and textured glazes, which he uses in combination with coloured slips and underglazes to create a unique decorative style.
Calabash is a range of stoneware vessels that are a unique and original design by Njalikwa. The design, form and function of this piece is reflected in the traditional Calabash gourd, a traditional food server and drinking vessel used throughout Africa. The Calabash form also takes on the influences of the shapes and patterns of the ocean, particularly evident is the animate characteristics of the sea urchin often found washed up on local Fremantle beaches. The Calabash form fits comfortably into the curve of the palm, the handle locking easily into shape of the thumb, making the bowl an extension of your hand.
Raku Range ''The beauty of Raku is that it allows me to capture a vibrancy, primitivism that is only achieved when the pots are Raku fired. This unique effect is achieved through the intensity of the firing process,when the pot reaches a temp. of 1000c, and begins to smoulder when it makes contact with the sawdust in the smoking process." Njalikwa Chongwe.
Njalikwa's rakuware is distinctive, featuring colourful glazes and unique patterning, achieved through the use of scraffito decoration and his own unique glaze recipes, giving the pieces a tactile quality. This combination of glaze and decoration technique enables Njalikwa to achieve a sense of depth, this effect is created when intricate designs are contrasted against intensely crackled block glazes. Raku pieces are low fired to achieve their dramatic results and are therefore porous.
Opening Times Thursday 10 till 5 Friday 10 till 5 Saturday 10 till 5 Or by appointment Please ring to confirm our hours as they are subject to change. 0424 703 874 or (08) 93354227. Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (08) 93354227 47 Lefroy Road South Fremantle. Western Australia 6162