Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Rodney Blumenfeld's distinctive ceramic work is influenced as much by his training as an architect as by his interest in tribal culture.
Born in South Africa, he graduated as an architect from the University of Natal and worked on many major projects including the Sun City Complex in the northwest of South Africa.
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His interest in pottery as a hobby became a fulltime occupation when the popularity of his work saw an increasing demand for his magnificent platters and vessels.
His deeply textured, sensual and motif-laden forms use traditional tribal motifs, earthy colours and materials. Blumenfeld incorporates shapes and themes from Xhosa and Ndebele culture into innovative and unique pieces which strive to maintain a traditional tribal identity transposed into contemporary art, craft and design.
His work is collected by an international "who's who" including former President Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, musicians Tina Turner and Peter Gabriel, and Sir Niall Fitzgerald. It is displayed in the Museum of Modern Art (Montreal), the Longhouse Reserve (New York) and many other private collections and major hotels worldwide.
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Since moving to Western Australia Blumenfeld's work has graced galleries in Sydney, Margaret River, Fremantle, King's Park and Darlington. He received the Judges Award at the Ceramic Artists Association of WA annual exhibition in September 2009.
Rodney Blumenfeld currently lives in the Perth hills. He is the June Feature Artist at Darlington Gallery.