Tineke Meijer

“Born in 1949 in Vryburg, I spent most of my childhood years in the small town Amalia, where our house bordered on a vast veld landscape, and where I spent most of my time exploring it’s “treasures” The beautiful designs on the veldflowers, life of the small insects, birds nests, spiderwebs, butterflies, and the wide variety of birds.
The intricate designs and fine sensuous lines of skeleton leaves I found fascinating, and an inspiration for my use of thin, fine copper wire the medium of my “wire-drawings”.
Reflecting fondly on those memories, they are resurfacing as a main focus of subject matter.
The glass panels are fired in a glass kiln with temperature up to 800 degrees C. The “wire drawing” is placed on a sheet of float glass, and enhanced with glass enamels, crushed glass granules, oxides, sulphates, metal found objects and mesh, thin metal sheet, aluminium foil, while experimenting all the time. When the artwork is ready, a second layer of float glass is put on top and placed in the kiln ready for the firing schedule, where the combination of many factors weaves it’s magic, so that every time I open the kiln, there is always a surprise factor.”

Tineke holds

  • National Diplomas in Graphic Design and Art Teaching Ceramics from the Pretoria Art School and
  • A Degree in Fine Art and History of Art as well as Architecture from UNISA

Tineke lives and works in Pretoria where she produces these exquisite pieces in her studio.

Her cement panels grace the walls of National and International Institutions, Museum, Hotels, Embassies and Airports including:

  • House Brand – Pretoria
  • Southern Bank of Africa – Johannesburg
  • Sandton International Conference Centre
  • SA Embassy Berlin – Germany
  • New home for President Nelson Mandela – Vaalwater
  • O.R. Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg

(To name a few)

From 1984 to 2001 her ceramics were exhibited at prestigious  galleries and venues around the world and South Africa including:

  • 1984 : Biennale Internationale de Ceramics D’Art Vallarus, France
  • 1985 : 43 Concorso Internationale Delta Ceremica D’Arte – Faenza, Italy

In 1987 she was awarded the joint first prize at the National Ceramics Exhibition in Cape Town.

She won international acclaim with her exhibitions in France, Hong Kong, the Czech Republic and galleries in South Africa as well as the Pretoria Art Museum.

From 2009 Tineke concentrated more on glasswork and exhibited at galleries in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Hermanus and Cape Town.

In 2017 she participated in a “Glass Artwork Illustration Project” in Bratislava, sending  photo/postcards of her work.

Her work is in the collections of:

  • Clay Museum – Cesky Krumlov., Czech Republic
  • Durban Art Museum
  • Pretoria Art Museum
  • ABSA Art Gallery
  • East London Art Museum
  • SA Embassy Paris- France
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum – Port Elizabeth
  • Durbanville Clay Museum – Cape Town

©Tineke Meijer 2022

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