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Meet the maker: Rialheim

Meet the maker: Rialheim

Est 2012, Robertson, Western Cape.

Who is Rialheim?

Previously known as Ceramic Factory, Rial Visagie decided to change the name in honour of his grandfather who instructed the wine cellar on Clairvaux, where the studio and artisans are based, to bottle a red wine,
called Rialheim when his first namesake will be born.

This was to honour the generations that came before, and after him.
Rialheim is a ceramic design House that created original ceramic designs that are both decorative and functional. The aesthetic resonates with male and female clients, old and young from all our diverse cultures, as it celebrates South African culture and heritage.

What was the idea behind your brand?

To offer unique, contemporary ceramics that is unpretentious, high quality and collectable. We want to give people artistic, well designed object that is affordable, and that also have a sense of fun and humour behind it.

How many people work for your company?  25

What are your best sellers?

There are a few designs that have become iconic and synonemous with Rialheim. Our Large Cow Skull, Frenchie table light, Ubuntu mug and African Hearts is Rialheim at its best!

What is YOUR favourite product of your collection?

I am vase, it captures everything that we are!

What to you is the best thing about selling on KNUS?

Knus provides South Africans a unique opportunity to support local artisan across South African as a one stop shop. Customers are able to buy from 1 platform and support multiple artisans. While providing artisans a vital platform to showcase their products to potential clients. Access to market remains one of the biggest challenges for Artisans and KNUS provide a business solution to this challenge.

How would you say it has impacted your business selling through KNUS?

It reinforces our brand as being local, and that it is original! Since we have a very good relationship with the owners we bounce ideas when it comes to selling online, and that is really priceless.

Why would you say it is important for customers to support local?

The informal sector in South Africa is the biggest employer in South Africa and with our unemployment sitting north of 30% we should rather create jobs and skills locally. This really is a no brainer but it takes dedication and a mindshift to really change your behaviour.


Ubuntu Mug - KNUS