Charmaine Haines’s is prominently established in the South African ceramics scene. Her work forms part of numerous art collections and has been selected to represent South Africa on International exhibitions.
In 2001, Charmaine vacated her respected position as lecturer in Ceramic Design at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to devote herself fully to the production of her own work. In 2002 she relocated to the small Eastern Cape Karoo Village of Nieu Bethesda where she established a successful studio and Gallery. Here she found renewed inspiration for her work in this adopted environment, which she describes as ‘sympathetic’… allowing for a more direct relationship with materials and consequently, being increasingly in touch with her expressive self.
In 2006 Charmaine and her family relocated to France to take up the challenge of establishing themselves in the European Art Scene.

In 2008, after a successful trip, Charmaine returned to the Karoo, South Africa, to work in her Nieu Bethesda studio once more.

The ceramic pieces generally embrace the artists continued fascination for Ancient Cultures, African Artifacts and Medieval Iconic Art.

The work reflects the artists intention to -‘filter the style of a previous age through a 21st Century sensibility’.

Working within the realm of figurative clay, Haines uses both abstract and stylised symbols and motives to embellish both her sculptural and utility forms.

Fish and birds have always been part of my iconography. Together with my portraits they’ve become autobiographical design elements that repeat themselves throughout my work. This is further evident in my most recent series of which  incorporates fish and bird  elements not only because of their decorative quality but also because they add both a narrative and mythical presence to the sculptural  pieces.


1963 – Born, Grahamstown, South Africa

1983 – 1985 – NH Dip Ceramic Design

1987 – 2002 – Lecturer Ceramic Design, PE Technikon, South Africa.

2002 – 2006 – Professional Artist living and working in the Karoo Village of Nieu Bethesda. South Africa.

2006 – Set up a studio in the South of France.

2008- Returned to Nieu Bethesda, South Africa. Set up the Ware on Earth Gallery.

1983- 2013 Exhibited with Ceramics SA at Regional and National Level.1984 – Internationale Ceramique D’Art Biennale, Vallauris, France.

1990 – Exhibition of South African Artists, Geneva, Switzerland.

1994 – ‘’New Trends’’ – Art Hong Kong Cultural Programme.

1994 – Crafts Council of South Africa Exhibition, SA Embassy, London.

1995 – Johannesburg Biennale. ‘’Africa Earth’’, Ceramic exhibition.

2000 – Pavillion de la Creativite exhibition finalist at the Salon International De l’Artisan at de Quagadougou, Burkino Faso representeing SA.

2001 – September. Residency, International Ceramic Centre, Skaelskor, Denmark.

2003 – October. Brett Kebble National Art Awards – finalist. South Africa.

2004/2005/2006 – Klein Karoo National Arts Festival. Solo exhibitions – ‘etched in clay’-series.

2004/ 2005 – National Arts Festival.Grahamstown. Solo Exhibitions ‘Contemporary Icons’ –series.

2005 – Madiba Bay Studio Potters travelling exhibition.Netherlands.

2006 – “A tribute to Picasso by Cape Artists” . Alliance Française Gallery. CapeTown. South Africa.

2006 – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Biennial Exhibition and Award Finalist.

2007- ‘Birdman’ – solo exhibition. Espéchcde. France.

2007/2008 – Collective exhibition. Gallery Artis Factum. Bordeaux. Terra Viva Gallery. Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie. Gallery Fusion. Toulouse. Gallery Anagama.Paris. FRANCE.

2008- Solo exhibition. Associació Ceramistes de Catalunya Gallery. Barcelona. Spain.

2008- Talents from a European Journey Exhibition. Rufford Art centre. United Kingdom.

2009- Dept of Arts & Culture. Craft Awards 2009. Category Winner: Eastern Cape Province. Ceramics

2010- Ceramics Southern Africa National Exhibition. Award Winner. Franschoek. SA.

2010- Made a Fellow of Ceramics Southern Africa in recognition of her contribution to Ceramics in South Africa.

2011- ‘100 Grande Vessels’ Solo Exhibition. National Arts Festival. Grahamstown.

2012- ‘100 Talking Heads’ Solo exhibition. National Arts Festival. Grahamstown.

2013- Celebrated 30 years in ceramics.


  • Musee De Vallauris. Vallauris. France
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. Port Elizabeth. South Africa.
  • National Art Gallery. Durban. South Africa.
  • Samlingen Art Collection. Denmark.
  • William Humphries Gallery. Kimberly. South Africa.
  • The Corobrik National Collection


  • Contemporary Ceramics South Africa .by Wilma Cruise
  • Art & Decoration. Sud- Quest. Sept, 2007. France
  • National Ceramics Quarterly. South Africa.
  • TerrArt Revista Ceramics Contemporania. Spain. 2008.
  • National Ceramics. South Africa .Winter 2013 edition.