Christopher Ntshalintshali

As his surname implies, Christopher was born into a family of creative people, including Bonnie Ntshalintshali, the first artist trained by Fée Halsted.

Surrounded by artists both within his immediate and his extended family, Christopher started sculpting clay oxen at the age of four when he accompanied his older brothers and cousins into the Drakensberg foothills to herd the family stock.

While still at school, he often spent weekends at Ardmore and had the opportunity to learn the art of sculpting and throwing from his half-brother Vuzi Ntshalintshali, another Ardmore artist.

In 1998, Christopher joined Ardmore in the ‘Berg as a thrower and sculptor. His talent was to create perfect balance on his wheel and he had the ability to combine these thrown pieces with a variety of animal motifs.

Christopher’s distinct style and the perfect proportions of his vases, tureens and espresso cups drew a large following of collectors.

His urns and tureens were often painted by Wonderboy Nxumalo and fetched fantastic prices at the Christie’s auction in January 2004.

In 2005 when Fée moved to Caversham, Christopher remained at Ardmore in the Champagne Valley and continued to create domestic ware as well as his sculptural objects.

Christopher accompanied her to attend the Ardmore exhibition at 71 Campden Hill, Kensington, the residence of the South African High Commissioner to London.

At this exhibition he expressed a wish to learn business management and moved to Caversham to work alongside Fée.

In 2006 Christopher took over the running of the Ardmore Drakensberg studio until it was closed in 2009. Since then he has been very involved in the Ardmore management team, kiln operations, restoration and quality control of production.

He also hosts and drives international Ardmore clients to and from the airport.

Christopher still enjoys putting his hand back at the wheel and is Ardmore’s in-house ceramics restorer.

In 2014 Christopher travelled with Fée to the Cellars ‘Great Herds’ show and in November of the same year was chosen to represent Ardmore and SA at Art Basel, Miami and to do demonstrations at WMODA in Dana Beach, Florida.

In 2015 Christopher travelled to Kuwait to do restoration work for Ardmore clients. And in 2016 he represented the studio in Miami and flew to Dubai to do restoration work.

Exhibitions

2001


Bronx Community CollegeNew York, United States

2002


SA Embassy ExhibitionKuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Charles Greig JewellersHyde Park, Johannesburg

Christie’s ExhibitionLondon

2003


Christie’s ExhibitionLondon

Charles Greig JewellersHyde Park, Johannesburg

2004


Christie’s AuctionLondon

City Arts CouncilEdinburgh, Scotland

Men of ArdmoreGallery on the Square, Johannesburg

2005


Private ExhibitionSA High Commissioner, Highveld, Kensington, London

2006


Amaridian GalleryNew York, United States

Private ExhibitionSA High Commissioner, Highveld, Kensington, London

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

2007


Christie’s AuctionLondon

‘Cats of the World’Charles Greig, Johannesburg

2011


‘Ivory and Ebony’Cellars-Hohenort, Cape Town

2012


‘Ardmore Aviary’Cellars Hohenot - Cape Town