Mervyn Gers grew up in a small village bordering the Kalahari in the Northern Cape of South Africa. The beauty, colours and textures of his childhood landscape (as well an obsession with Istanbul and the East) inspires his work. Mervyn produces functional and decorative handmade ceramics. The functional dinnerware sets include plates, jugs, mugs, bowls and platters. His Koi and Blue Willow set won the prestigious Best Decorated Award at the Ceramics South Africa Cape Regional in 2011.