Studio Visit: Skermunkil


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We spotted the wonderful items from Skermunkil at the Old Biscuit Mill Market which happens every Saturday in Woodstock.

Marietjie and Rory are a couple who work together to make beautiful and creative jewellery and pottery items.

The name, Skermunkil, is an Afrikaans term for someone who is a bit devious, and different to the rest.

This term inspired them to make unique items with a quirky and fun edge for a niche market. This is apparent when one looks at the colourful enamelling on their cute Africa pendants, and their awesome pottery earrings.

Some of our favourite items were the ring holders with eyes panted on them - such a lovely way to display your favourite pieces! We drove down to the beautiful suburb of Muizenberg to go find out more about the behind-the-scenes processes at their studio.

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1. What inspired you to study jewellery design and start your own jewellery business?

I did art at school and so working with hand tools came easily to me. I thought jewellery manufacturing would be an interesting job to have and started working for other people before I started out on my own. It took a while to take the leap and start my own business.

The Neighbourgoods Market in Cape Town helped me to become an independent designer.

2. Where did you learn your pottery making skills and what inspired you to start selling pottery items?

I'm mostly self taught when it comes to ceramics. Tessa Gawith from The Pot Spot in Cape Town had always been a tremendous help and inspiration.

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3. Which are your favourite item to make?

I like making new things. So any new design for the first time is what I like most. The first one is always the most exciting.

4. What advice do you have for fellow creatives to get into the flow or find inspiration?

Stick to your own style! Find your own voice and trust it (I need to remind myself of this all the time!). Get to know yourself better.

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5. Which markets are your creations sold at?

They're sold at the Biscuit Mill Market in Salt River every Saturday! And we will soon have an online shop too!

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