Helena de Waal is a Bloemfontein-based artist, specialising in the medium of ceramics.
De Waal obtained a National Diploma in Fine Arts from the Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein in 2004, and since 2006 she has lectured in Ceramics at Motheo TVET College (Bloemfontein Campus). In 2007 De Waal received two awards at the Free State Ceramics Exhibition for the best sculptural piece. The following year she received a first prize at the 'clay as canvas' ceramics exhibition.
De Waal has participated in numerous exhibitions. During 2009 her work was selected for the ABSA L’Atelier Exhibition. In 2010 she was invited to participate in an exhibition held at WHAG which coincided with the Gariep Festival. In addition, De Waal has seven artworks on display as part of WHAG’s permanent collection.
De Waal has also participated in in exhibitions for the Free State Arts Festival (previously known as the Vryfees), namely Process (2011); 100 Plates (2012); and [my] Object/Objek (2016). She was also invited to donate a work as part of an exhibition, 'Universal suffering during the South African War 1899-1902 (2013)', presented by the Women’s Memorial and the South African War Museum, in Bloemfontein.
In 2014, she was selected for the ABSA L’Atelier Exhibition once again, this time as a Top 10 finalist In 2015, De Waal received the Highly Commended award at the Gauteng Regional Exhibition of Ceramics South Africa. In 2016, De Waal was awarded the runner-up prize in the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition. Most recently, in 2017, her work was selected for the Innibos National Crafters Awards and Sasol New Signatures Art Competition. This artwork is now included in the permanent collection of the University of Pretoria.