Freakalee Ceramics - Lee Hensberg

Freakalee Ceramics – Lee Hensberg

I came across Lee’s Facebook and Instagram account for Freakalee Ceramics during the early days of alumnivalley.com, as I went about stalking businesses on social media. I remember being captivated by her beautiful ceramic art work and immediately telling myself I need to hear about this business. A few emails later and I soon found out that I was not the only one in awe of her work, as I was soon to find out that her work has been featured in magazines like Home and You, and she has gone on to win several awards from Ceramics South Africa and Nelson Mandela Art Museum.

The Freakalee Story

I was fortunate enough to grow up in a small village called Rhodes, at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains. I did not have Art as subject at our small school in Barkly East, yet with only a few sketches as a portfolio, I was accepted at Pretoria University.

Now I have a lovely studio on our farm (with a view of the ocean) near Maitlands Mouth, just outside Port Elizabeth. I live with my husband, Gary, and 2 young boys, Dylan and Joel, and a small stud of Ngunis he has registered under the name “Lobola”.

I did not have Art as subject at our small school in Barkly East, yet with only a few sketches as a portfolio, I was accepted at Pretoria University.

I did Ceramics as a subject when I studied BA Fine Arts Click To Tweet at Pretoria University and at Port Elizabeth Technicon in the 90’s, but I only fell in love with clay about 10 years ago. I returned as an occasional student at Nelson Mandela Metro University in 2013 to explore the many aspects and possibilities of clay. Since then, my love of ceramics has blossomed into a passion and a successful business. Click To Tweet

I am excited with each new day in my studio. Using underglazes, and a very fine paint brush (size 000 usually) I have learned to use my ceramics as canvasses to hone my painting skills and turn the ordinary white object into something extra-ordinary. Ceramics is ever changing; it is about exploring and it is never boring! Click To Tweet

Both my bespoke ceramics (made for galleries and exhibitions) and my dailyware ranges are handpainted, rendering each item, although maybe similar, always unique. My inspiration is drawn from the South African landscape, fauna and flora and personal influences.

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My inspiration is drawn from the South African landscape, fauna and flora and personal influences.

I am humbled by the recognition and awards I have received for my work up to now. Click To TweetI am looking forward to making gorgeous art and ceramics for people to buy, enjoy and fill their homes with.

My ceramics have featured in magazines like Home/Tuis, Idees magazine, You Magazine, National Ceramics, Platteland, and I have won several awards from Ceramics South Africa and Nelson Mandela Art Museum.

My brand “Freakalee Ceramics” is exclusively available at selected shops in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Hermanus, and Namibia and I export all over the world.

My ceramics have featured in magazines like Home/Tuis, Idees magazine, You Magazine, National Ceramics, Platteland, and I have won several awards from Ceramics South Africa and Nelson Mandela Art Museum.


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Facebook: Freaklee Ceramics

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Phone: +27 82 651 7722

Email: freakalee@vodamail.co.za


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