Beauty Ntshalintshali

Beauty Ntshalintshali was born in 1966 at Emaswazini in the shadows of the Drakensberg mountains.

She joined Ardmore in 1986 and soon formed a wonderfully creative team with her sister-in-law, the legendary Bonnie Ntshalintshali, who originally painted all of her work.

Beauty developed a considerable talent as a builder and sculptor, creating large handcoiled works harking back to traditional Zulu ukhamba beer pots.

Her work has been shown at exhibitions all over South Africa as well as in Dusseldorf, at the Oxo Gallery in London and at the South African Embassy’s Ardmore exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.

Her pieces were also sold at Christie’s in London in 2003 and 2004.

In 2009, with the closure of the Drakensberg studio and her failing eyesight, Beauty decided to retire in the mountain valley where she has lived all her life.

Some of her five children have joined Ardmore where they have found an outlet for their inherited creative talents.

Awards

1991: Functional Prize, Natal Regional Ceramics Exhibition, Durban

1992: Contemporary Vessel, Natal Regional Ceramics Exhibition, Durban

Collections

Durban Art Gallery

Corobrik Collection, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg

Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle

Publications

Contemporary Ceramics in South Africa, 1991 – Struik, Cape Town

Exhibitions

1990


Diminicus GalleryJohannesburg

1992


Volkskas ExhibitionDurban

1992-1996


Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg

1994


Natal Society of Arts ExhibitionDurban

1996


Meklenberg, Groote SchuurCape Town

1997


State President's Guest HouseBryntirion Estate, Pretoria

Catalyst GalleryJohannesburg

1998


Germany ExhibitionSA Embassy Residence, Bonn, Germany

Germany ExhibitionMarl Concert Hall, Marl, Germany

Germany ExhibitionSiegen, Germany

Germany ExhibitionThyssen Forum, Dusseldorf, Germany

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

1999


Bordeaux St GalleryFranschhoek, Western Cape

Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg

2000


ABSA BankJohannesburg

2001


International Ceramic Arts FestivalWales

Hospice ExhibitionJohannesburg

SA Embassy ExhibitionKuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2002


Charles Greig JewellersHyde Park, Johannesburg

2003


Christie’s ExhibitionLondon

2004


Christie’s AuctionLondon

City Arts CouncilEdinburgh, Scotland

2005


Private ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London

Christopher GreigHyde Park, Johannesburg

2006


Amaridian GalleryNew York

Private ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

2007


Christie’s AuctionLondon

‘Cats of the World’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

2008


Amaridian GalleryNew York

‘Wonderful World of Ardmore’Groote Schuur, Cape Town

2009


South Africa HouseLondon