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Born: 1903 01 22
Died: 1990


(Mrs Gifford-Gayton; Mrs van Schalkwyk; Mrs Currie)

Born 22 Jan 1903 (Durban) Died 1990 (Pretoria)

Worked at the Ceramic Studio/Linnware: 31 October 1928 - 1935; Part-time: 1935-1952

Educated at St Anne's DSG, Hilton. Trained at Durban School of Art and Royal College of Art, London. After completion of her studies [1925] she married Dr Gifford-Gayton who died shortly afterwards as a result of war injuries. She travelled in Europe before returning to South Africa to take up a position at the Ceramic Studio in 1928. Employed as designer/decorator. Married Francois van Schalkwyk in 1932. Later taught art at St Mary's DSG, Pretoria

Tile panels: Fouriesburg Post Office (Local scenes) 1937
Gordon's Bay Post Office (Table Bay scenes) 1938
Native Affairs Dept., Pretoria (Rock art paintings) 1932
Pretoria Hospital, Children's playroom (Peter Pan & the Pirates; Robinson Crusoe; Game Reserve; Pretoria zoo) 1929
Groote Schuur Children's ward: ("How Table Mountain got its cloud"; Old Malay ditty;) 1934-5 Table Bay Post Office
Individual tiles: Johannesburg Railway Station: tea room tiles "Circus" tiles

1922 (with Gladys Short and Joan Methley): Exhibition of ceramics at the Durban Technical College. (The Natal Mercury, 29 November 1922 p. 10) The biographies of Short and Methley name Elsie Currie but was probably Thelma.

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Post Office: 1937. Fouriesburg, Free State - Artist tiled panel
Post Office: 1938. Gordon's Bay, Western Cape - Artist tiled panel
Post Office: 1937 ?. Riebeek East, Eastern Cape - Artist tiled panel

Books citing NEWLANDS

Hillebrand, Melanie. 1991. The women of Olifantsfontein - South African studio ceramics : Die vroue van Olifantsfontein - Suid-Afrikaanse ateljee-keramiek . Pretoria: South African National Gallery. pp 14