Shupiwe Chongwe is a Walyalup (Fremantle) raised ceramicist focusing on creating unique pieces that speak to her love of nature and ritualistic living. Shupiwe mainly practices with stoneware clays producing sculptural forms as well as functional art for the home. She also experiments with Raku firing, employing traditional techniques to produce erratic, unique patterns on ceramic forms.
Shupiwe's journey with ceramics started from a young age, inspired by her father; well known Australian-Zambian ceramicist Njalikwa Chongwe of Zinongo Gallery (Fremantle). Her family connection to the discipline dates back even further, to her great great grandmother who was a practicing potter in Zambia.
Shupiwe began experimenting with ceramics under the direction of her father, later moving on to study at North Metropolitan TAFE (Perth, WA) whilst continuing her own practice from her home studio. She teaches at a range of locations around Boorloo, Perth and runs workshops from her studio.