Masege: The promising potter

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Thatayaone Masege, 19, is making beautiful clay pots in Mochudi village in Kgatleng District. The young woman born and bred in Mochudi, believes in making her own world through art.

Masege uses artificial clay, clay soil, clay wheel, glazing paints and other wood products to make her breathtaking pieces. In an interview with Arts & Culture, Masege said she learnt pottery at Kgamanyane Junior Secondary School and preceded with her art classes at Molefi Senior Secondary School.

She added that she had passion for art from a tender age. Masege pointed out that during her school days, she used to draw for her classmates. However, even though she was good at drawing, she chose to work with clay and continued doing it till her senior secondary school days.

“I was motivated by the fact that I was the only girl in class and working with boys and I had to up my game. I wanted to prove to them that I could do exceptional work like them.Among my works, I love the elephant clay pot the most because it is unique and close to my heart," she said.


Even though she is a beginner, she revealed that the public was slowly warming up to her and showing interest and appreciating her work. Most of her pots are made based on elephants parts like trump, legs and ears. She also does pots in shapes of birds. Currently, she sells her work locally through doing door to door as a way of taking her services to the public.

Luckily, Masege will for the first time be exhibiting her work in November.

Some of asege’s breathtaking pieces on display
Some of asege’s breathtaking pieces on display



"Lack of capital to buy materials and lack of market is my biggest challenge as a young potter. However, I have a few achievements. Amongst them is being able to improve the quality of my products and glazing them. My dream is to see myself selling my work internationally and having my own art studio," she concluded.

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