Beatrice Nyembe

Beatrice Nyembe was born at Mangweni, not far from the original Ardmore studio in the Drakensberg.

She had no formal schooling, five children to care for and had never worked before, but, inspired by her grandmother, a skilled rural potter, she joined Ardmore in 1991.

Like her friend and former colleague, Beauty Ntshalintshali, Beatrice handcoiled big, wonderfully generous forms that were not unlike the traditional Zulu ukhamba pots her grandmother would have made.

Her teapots, tureens, jugs, bowls and candlesticks were strikingly bold in concept and full of energy.

She also developed her own speciality: square-shaped jugs and enormous, large-legged bowls decorated with animals.

Beatrice’s creations have been exhibited all over South Africa and formed a major part of the Christie’s exhibitions in 2003 and 2004, as well as at the State President’s London Residence in 2005.

The historic significance of Beatrice’s work has been recognised and examples are held in the permanent collection of the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg.

Beatrice retired in 2006 to spend more time with her family.

Exhibitions

1990


Diminicus GalleryJohannesburg

1992


Volkskas ExhibitionDurban

The Natal RouteJohannesburg

1995


The Spirit of our StoriesGrahamstown

1992-1996


Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg

Natal Society of Arts exhibitionDurban

1996


Meklenberg Groote SchuurCape Town

1997


State President's Guest HousePretoria

Catalyst GalleryJohannesburg

1998


Exhibitions at SA Embassy ResidenceGermany

Marl Concert HallGermany

Germany Exhibition SiegenGermany

Thyssen Forum DusseldorfGermany

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

1999


Bordeaux St GalleryFranschhoek

Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg

2000


ABSA BankJohannesburg

2001


International Ceramic Arts FestivalWales

Hospice ExhibitionJohannesburg

SA Embassy ExhibitionMalaysia

2002


Charles Greig JewellersJohannesburg

2003


Christie’s exhibitionLondon

2004


Christie’s auctionEdinburgh

2005


Private exhibitionLondon

Christopher GreigHyde Park

2006


Amaridian GalleryNew York

Private exhibitionLondon

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg