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News from The Kiln

We at the Kiln have wanted to open for 7 days a week for a while.  Last weekend we were approached by a local businessman who offered us space in his property on a tourist route.  We are talking to other exhibitors to join us and we have a number of exciting new people who may join us.  That is all for this week as there is a lot of work to be done.  So, cheerio and here are a few photos that we hope will be housed at the exhibition, if they are not there then they will be at the Karkloof Farmers Market.

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Our first guest for October is Allen Hallett

Ten years ago my wife Tracey and I purchased a beautiful little bronze warthog as a gift from the family for my father in law, Dave Hoidge’s 60th birthday.  It was just like any naughty warthog, brown, tail in the air and full of attitude.  It was the creation of Allen Hallett.  The Kiln in very proud to have Allen exhibit for October.

Details of Allen and his work may be found on his web site www.allenhallett.com . A little about Allen… and then some photographs of his work..

Allen grew up in the  highlands of Kenya which were at that time teeming with Elephant, Giraffe, Buffalo and all the other plains game.  His school holidays and any spare time were spent either hunting or fishing in the surrounding areas and it was at this time that a deep interest of Africa’s Wildlife was nurtured.

 On leaving school he moved to South Africa and joined the Natal Parks Board and went on to become a senior game ranger in the wildlife reserves of Zululand and had the opportunity to study Africa’s wildlife first hand.  During his years in the African bush he had numerous encounters with dangerous game.  It was while on a photographic safari in the Okavango Delta that Allen and his party’s boat was overturned by a “rogue” Hippo.  They were very lucky not to have been seriously injured and have lived to be able to recount the story of their close shave with death!!

 Allen has also undertaken several commissions throughout Southern Africa and many of his edition pieces are in private collections throughout the world.

Allen’s reputation as a wildlife artist is rapidly growing internationally, with successful sales at Christie’s of London.

 He was recently selected by the David Shepherd Conservation Foundation to contribute a piece of his work to be auctioned by Christies’ along with several world renowned wildlife artists to assist the cause for conservation.

 He now lives and works in the magnificent Natal Midlands, and undertakes many field trips to inspire his creativity.