Our ceramics are made by local artists - ordinary people from the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal,
who are given training, materials, a studio and a guaranteed market for their work,
under the guidance of our founder, Fée Halsted.
Fiko was born in Estcourt in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and in 2000, at the age of 17, completed her education at the Sisatina School in Loskop where her mother lives.
Two years later one of Ardmore’s painters, Mbusi Mfuphi, organised for her to meet Fée Halsted.
Fiko had no schooling in art but joined Fée at Springvale Farm in Rosetta and worked alongside Angel Gabela who, with Fée, taught her to develop her natural artistic talent.
In 2004, Fée moved to the Caversham studio and Fiko faced an upheaval in her life. Her friend Angel died of HIV/Aids. As a true friend, Fiko stayed with Angel’s mother in Rosetta and helped look after Angel’s newborn baby. She commuted back and forth to Caversham carrying home pots to paint and returning with completed pieces.
Fée said: “Fiko really proved to me that she had the determination and diligence to become part of the Ardmore family. Once Angel’s baby was old enough, Fiko joined us at Caversham and now lives on the property.”
Fiko aspires to follow in the painting footsteps of Punch Shabalala, who has been with Ardmore since 1989 and is one of the studio’s leading painters.
She has participated in all of Ardmore’s exhibitions since 2004 and is one of three sisters who work together in the painting studio. The others are Mbusi and Nondumiso Mfuphi.
City Arts CouncilEdinburgh
‘Men of Ardmore’Johannesburg
Christopher GreigHyde Park, Johannesburg
Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg
‘Cats of the World’Johannesburg
‘The Wonderful World of Ardmore’
Exhibition at South Africa HouseLondon
NAADA (National Antiques and Decorative Arts) faireJohannesburg
‘Travellers of Africa’Johannesburg
‘Ivory & Ebony’Cape Town
‘Earth & Fire’United States
Le Negresco HotelFrance
NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg
‘Sprung from the Reeds: Ardmore and Ukhamba’Ardmore Caversha
NAADA Faire Grand CarnivalJohannesburg
Pascoe & Co.Florida, United States
‘Monkeys & Magnolias’Patrick Mavros, London
Fyn Arts FestivalHermanus, Western Cape
Jourees Des CeramiquesParis, France
‘Just So Crocodiles and Other Curiosities’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg
Creel and GowNew York
‘Safari Week’Patrick Mavros, London
Patrick MavrosHarare, Zimbabwe
‘Great Herds of Africa’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town
‘Great Herds of Africa’Patrick Mavros, London
‘Inspired by the Ocean'Hermanus, Western Cape
‘Birds of Africa’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg
‘Great Herds of Africa’Nairobi, Kenya
‘Birds of Africa’Harare, Zimbabwe
WMODA, Pascoe & Co.Florida, United States
‘Animal Botanical'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town
‘Kalahari Cats’Cellars Hohenot, Cape Town
‘The Great Zambezi'Patrick Mavros, London
'Celebrating the Year of the Monkey'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg
'The Great Zambezi'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town