Our Story

What started as a passionate dream for John and Erna Dry in 1998 has grown into a successful ceramic studio, gallery and garagiste winery at the entrance of the Hemel & Aarde Valley, in Hermanus. City slickers opting for a new lifestyle, moved from Pretoria to Hermanus. The fresh air, sea, mountains, fynbos and cape wines did the rest.

Providing sustainable work to local people in a tranquil and stimulating environment has been the result of a love for African animals, nature and a passion for art. The combination of inspirational artist Erna and designer husband John has molded a team with a flair for sculpture. Exquisite pieces of art are hand made out of slabs rolled from clay made in our own studio. The combination of oxides and glazes brings to life and organic material providin g a durable and individual product in shades of earthy colours.

Two years ago the last chick (child) fled the nest. What was once a large comfortable family home has now made way for 4 luxury self catering units.

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