About the artist Cuthbert Tendayi:
According to Cuthbert, “art is in my genes.” His father is a carpenter, his mother specializes in clay pot molding, and his uncle is also an excellent artist. While supporting himself working as a carpenter, Cuthbert also used his skills to start carving stone and acquiring the techniques he needed to be a full-fledged stone carver. His innate talent blossomed and he became a full time artist specializing in stone sculptures, and is now able to earn a living with his art.
About Mbare, Ltd.:
Mbare, Ltd. specializes in importing high quality African art made from natural and recycled materials. Borrowing their name from the famous Mbare Musika marketplace in Harare, they take pleasure in bringing African creativity—including Shona stone sculpture, to your home.
havapassion brings you this fairly traded art form from Mbare.
In the language of the Shona People of Zimbabwe, mbare (pronounced "im-bah-ree") means "a gathering of things" or "a marketplace". Mbare Ltd grew out of a desire to create a sustainable source of income for Zimbabwean artists. Robbie Stewart, the owner of Mbare, who grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe, says " I have always had an appreciation for local art found at roadside markets, in urban workshops, or at the homes of talented craftspeople. The artistic skills that Zimbabweans possess are often passed down through generations and represent an accumulation of knowledge and talent. Getting to know families that engage in this work has been a privilege for me."