Everyday kitchen gadget
At AJ Ceramics studio in Khayelitsha, Adonis Ndimande and a team of seven create ceramic grater plates capable of finely grating foods like garlic, ginger, hard cheese and chocolate. They create these graters by pouring clay into moulds, fire, paint and glaze the pieces and fire them a second time for 9 to 12 hours.
The plain white grater is clean modern design at it’s best, but most of the final products feature, bright hues and characteristic of the Xhosa culture. The kitchen gadget thus evokes European heritage adorned with vibrant African artwork.
The painting, of the graters takes inspiration for from nature, and no pattern is repeated, because the graters are painted by hand. No two are alike. Making every grater a unique masterpiece.
The graters are sold at markets around the Western Capeand are available from the following suppliers: Earth Fair Market, Blue Bird Garage Food & Goods Market, The Range Food Market, Willowbridge Slow Market, Hermanus Country Market, Hout Bay Lions Craft Market and Cape Point Vineyards’ Noordhoek Community Market.