George Manyathela

George was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, in 1963, and trained at Mzilikazi Craft Centre.

In 1986 after finishing his training, he began mass-producing pottery items. From there he moved to Harare, where he worked at Simba Pottery and latter at Terracotta Pots.

He came to South Africa in 2002, and worked at Intu Art until March 2012, when he started at Ardmore as a thrower.

He says: “I can make any design or shape and style. I like my work and enjoy what I am doing. I love everything that the Ardmore artists create as it has a message, especially the sculpting and painting. Combined with my throwing skills it creates very good team work. I am learning a lot about contemporary art and am now also able to make pieces with a message because of the knowledge I have from Ardmore.”

Says Fée Halsted: “George is a jovial character who is slowly enjoying a taste for sculpture and his smile is getting wider with his new-found personal achievement. He is now working as an artist, adding flair and finesse to his forms.”

George is also the key figure in the production of Ardmore’s Design Collection of dinner services and functional pieces, especially his jewel boxes and he has become a valued Ardmore team member.

Exhibitions

2012


‘Grand Carnival’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

Naada FaireJohannesburg

Ardmore CarnivalCape Town

2013


‘Monkeys and Magnolias’Patrick Mavros, London

Fyn Arts FestivalHermanus, Western Cape

Naada FairJohannesburg

‘Just so Stories and other Curiosities’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

Creel and GowNew York

‘Safari Week'Patrick Mavros, London

Patrick MavrosHarare, Zimbabwe

2014


Pascoe and Co.Florida, United States

‘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

Ardmore Migrates to KenyaNairobi, Kenya

2015


WMODA, Pascoe and Co.Florida, United States

'Animal Botanical'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

'Animal Botanical'Patrick Mavros, London

'Parrots and Pomegranates'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

Isabelle Turquin GalleryParis, France

2016


‘Kalahari Cats’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘The Great Zambezi'Patrick Mavros, London

'Celebrating the Year of the Monkey'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

2017


'The Great Zambezi'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town