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Kenneth Nkosinathi Msomi

Kenneth Msomi – whose Zulu name Nkosinathi means ‘God is with us’ – was born in 1979 in Estcourt’s Emangweni area.

In 2000 he left school and went to Johannesburg to look for a job, working there until 2006.

Painter, Milo Dlamini, whose sister, Thandekile, was his wife at the time, introduced him to Ardmore, and he started working at the studio in 2007.

He says: “I am a sculptor and I make many animals. I love starting my own shapes from scratch rather than adding on to what another artist or thrower has designed. To start my own shape makes me proud as I get to show my own unique talent.

“I specialise in trays and platters. Ardmore has taught me a lot and that’s what I love the most about Ardmore. And the fact that Ardmore pieces are the best ceramics makes me love it even more.”

Says Fée Halsted: “Kenneth has become known for his elegant platters and moulded dishes that are collected by people across the world. His work has been exhibited internationally and is collected worldwide.”

 

 

Exhibitions

2012


‘Ardmore Aviary’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

'Endangered Animals'Patrick Mavros, London

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

Fabric and book launch: 'Ardmore, We Are Because of Others'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

Fabric and book launch: 'Ardmore, We Are Because of Others'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

'Safari Week'Patrick Mavros, London

2013


Pascoe & Co.Florida, United States

‘Monkeys and Magnolias’Patrick Mavros, London

Isabelle Turquin GalleryParis, France

Journee des CeramiquesParis, France

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

'Just So Crocodiles and Other Curiosities’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

'Safari Week'Patrick Mavros, London

Patrick MavrosHarare, Zimbabwe

2014


Ed PascoeFlorida, 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’Patrick Mavros, Nairobi, Kenya

‘Birds of Africa’Patrick Mavros, Harare, Zimbabwe

2015


WMODAPascoe & Co., Florida, United States

‘Animal Botanical’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

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