We took it by James

large latte/tea cup


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We took it by James

Each law that they passed restricted our movement. And at a certain point I decided no longer to write poetry that was accepted as art for art sake. Not with what was happening to us. I started to write dissident poetry. I wrote the first book that was banned. They discussed it in parliament. So having my book banned showed that it was effective. I was filled with courage. There was no fear. I knew what I was doing. If I did not do it, I would have failed myself, failed all those who suffered the oppression of Apartheid.
People died, it is not important to mention names. It was not a glorified moment. What else did you expect? We were fighting the system. We just did what needed to be done. My youngest son was shot in the ankle at school. It was part of the situation. They came looking for him at the house and he wasn’t there. They took me and my other son and all my manuscripts and texts.
We took it. We didn’t expect to be treated differently. And because of what had happened I had always thought my children to be independent. I could die at any moment.

Story by: James
Illustration by: Studio Ravivo
Dimensions: H 10 cm x ø 9 cm
Color: Grey

About this cup

This large Latte/Tea cup is produced at Studio Cor Unum. Designer Charlotte Landsheer worked out a solution for left over clay in the Cor Unum studio by re-using clay and glaze. The inside of the cup has glaze, the exterior is industrial and dusted. The result is a cup with a basic, firm and rugged look. The producing method makes every cup unique with a constant variation in a matted greyscale pallet. The perfection of imperfection as Lotte Landsheer puts it. And this fits how we like to view the world and it’s people.

Because of the use of high temperature, the cup is water resistant, strong and microwave and dishwasher safe.

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