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Madoda Fani

Madoda Fani

South Africa


Madoda Fani’s ceramic works are instantly recognisable by the hand-carved relief patterns that animate its forms, lending the surface a scaled, insect-like appearance. Achieving this level of intricacy in clay is one thing; translating it into wood is another. So when Fani scaled up one of his ceramic sculptures to make Isangqa (“Circle”) – a low circular platform that can function as a table or ottoman – he adapted his process to work in timber. In this video, see the marriage between technology and craftsmanship; incorporating 3D scanning, CNC cutting, and many hours of hand-carving using a fine-pointed rotary tool.

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