George Manyathela

George Manyathela 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.”

Fée Halsted comments that: “George is a jovial character whose smile gets wider and wider.

George is known for his functional pieces, especially his jewelry boxes and has become a valued Ardmore team member.

Exhibitions

2012


Ardmore CarnivalCharles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

NAADA (National Antiques and Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

Ardmore CarnivalCape Town

2013


‘Monkeys and Magnolias’Patrick Mavros, London

Fyn Arts FestivalHermanus, Western Cape

NAADA (National Antiques and Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

‘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 & 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

'Great Herds of Africa'Nairobi, Kenya

2015


WMODAPascoe & 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

'Savuti Dance'Patrick Mavros, London

'o'kavango' Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg