Franschhoek Wine Valley

Potina Ceramics

Background

Potina Ceramics is based in Franschhoek in the Western Cape and owned and managed by ceramic artist, Vuyisa ‘Elvis’ Potina. His product decorate stoneware and pit fired ceramics. Realising that ceramics was his true calling, He was able to access funding to further his training, and went on to study for his Ceramic N4 Diploma at Boland College in 2004. He also inherited several pottery kilns and other equipment from his mentor Rodney George, who had since relocated to the Southern Cape.

Philosophy and Style

Vuyisa blends the traditional smoke-firing techniques of his roots with a contemporary approach to form and function. He prefers to let the natural colours and textures of the clay come to the fore, ensuring that his work remains original, exciting and sought-after. His ceramic pieces adorn Board room hotels, galleries and guesthouses alike, his signature style evident in every piece he makes.

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Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

Tourism Levy

Certain establishments in Franschhoek may levy visitors with voluntary contributions towards the running of the FWV and to support local charities. Should visitors not wish to contribute to these causes, please indicate this to the relevant merchant.

Disclaimer

Maintenance & validity of all business operating permits, licences and registration certificates are the responsibility of the business owner. Franschhoek Wine Valley takes no responsibility for the renewal of the required legal business operating documentation.