Of a Shipwreck and Pottery..
Schalk and Helene Kruger walked the beach westwards to Cannon Rocks
Schalk couldn't understand why a person would want to buy a house so close to the beach
They passed a little cottage nestled just off the beach on a sand dune, on the eastern extreme of the hamlet, that changed Schalk's view. He voiced 'maybe, just maybe...if that very cottage comes up for sale...'
Six months later, in a Middleburg newspaper, there it was! The Kruger's bought the cottage and from 1986 onward spent every holiday there
Schalk's son, Kobus, completed his Fine Art studies at the University of Free State, South Africa, and moved to Cannon Rocks permanently in 1994
Kobus converted the original structure into a one-room self-catering tourist facility called Shipwreck Cottage. His passion is pottery
Lets take a look at three of Kobus's alternative firing methods
These vases are fired in the traditional African way, in a pit
Instead of using cow dung, Kobus employs locally sourced Elephant and Rhinoceros dung, which produces different effects
He has no control over the final outcome, each pot is unique
The vase is soaked in soluble salts, then wrapped with combustible materials, placed in a metal container with a lid, and fired to 1000 degrees Celsius
Horse Hair Fired
These pots are fired in a gas kiln to red heat (around 800 degrees Celsius), taken out with tongs, and then Horse Hair or Feathers are applied to burn into the wall of the vessel, permanently marking it
You can contact Kobus on +27 84 699 2975