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A new home for Headquarters called Clairvaux
Destiny may argue that this magical place was discovered for Rialheim by their forefathers, whilst fate may insist Rialheim rediscovered this 200-year-old enchanting farm all by themselves. Whichever, this wondrous place with its untold stories is a charming farm called Clairvaux, that’s much closer than you think, in the Cape’s winelands in South Africa.
Clairvaux has seen generations of dreamers inspire others through their deeds and ingenuity. Just like his ancestors, and Peter Pan’s J.M. Barrie, Rial Visagie, as founder and creative director at Rialheim, believes flying is perhaps not so farfetched.
It’s this fantastical thinking that lead to Rial and the previously known Ceramic Factory team calling Clairvaux home. The family farm opened its heart and inspired the people of Ceramic Factory, and their new generation of dreamers, to reincarnate the homestead, barns and outbuildings after a 27-year absence.
In return, the team were eager to honour the people who’d provided them with the opportunity to make Clairvaux their home… and what better way than a name that celebrates this.
The name Rialheim
So where does this name come from? The farms wine cellar, founded in 1930, launched a semisweet white wine called Rialheim in 1980 in honor of its founder, Rial Kloppers. Rialheim means ‘Rial’s home’ and came about from his insistence that the farm’s homestead always appeared on the wine’s labelling to pay homage to his own parents, for whom the home was built.
Rial Visagie as the grandson of Clairvaux’s Rial Kloppers, has almost 90 years later, decided to continue this family tradition by renaming Ceramic Factory Rialheim.
“Every new tree planted and every new brick laid is a dedication to all the men and women who’ve lived and worked here at Clairvaux… they’re all credited with creating the foundations for our new vision and continue to inspire us every day.” says Rial Visagie.
Rialheim will continue to create ceramics from African clay inspired by their surroundings and heritage as well as local and global trends.
Fans can expect the same inspiring designs familiar to their ceramic collections, being transferred onto textiles and other mediums, as well as a lighting collection that includes wall, table and hanging pendant lights.
For the farm Clairvaux, Rialheim aims to create a home for different creative studios where a sharing of expertise and the vitality of collaboration gives rise to a new generation of locally imagined and produced wares. The hope is this will further encourage lovers of local artisanal craft to visit the magical realm of Rialheim-land!
So you see Rialheim’s dream of flight is becoming real!
Come fly with us.