Mickey Chonco

Mickey Chonco’s smiling face and charming manner signal a cherished and joyous childhood during which he excelled both at school and on the sportfield.

He was born in 1974 and, after he matriculated, Mickey spent four years employed at a garage and a retail store before his sister, who managed the Springvale Gallery in the Champagne Valley, introduced him to Fée Halsted and Ardmore in 2000.

Although he had played with clay from the age of eight, Mickey’s passion is drawing and painting. With his extraordinary sensitivity for colour, which he uses softly, yet distinctly, his pieces are instantly recognisable.

One could describe his work as the result of an inner peace. No matter what colours he blends together in his flowers, birds and animals, the result delivers the both harmony and elegance.

While Ardmore is his future, Mickey has many other interests – a degree in computers is just one item on his agenda.

Mickey participated in an exhibition of Ardmore ceramics held in Edinburgh, Scotland, in January 2004 and his work was well represented at Christie’s in London at that time.

In 2012, after six years at the Ardmore studio in the Caversham Valley and five years at Springvale Farm, Mickey left his Ardmore family as he had found a new position in Howick, where he lived.

In the latter part of 2014, however, Mickey, missing his creativity and wanting to earn extra income, rejoined Ardmore Ceramic Art on a freelance basis, collecting bisque and painting it from home.

Ardmore is delighted to have an artist of Mickey’s ability back with the family. It is also a pleasure to see his smile and positive attitude back in the studio!

Exhibitions

Awards


Korean Biennale (Merit award)

Exhibitions

2001


International Ceramic Arts FestivalWales

Hospice ExhibitionJohannesburg

SA Embassy ExhibitionKuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2002


Charles Greig JewellersHyde Park, Johannesburg

2003


Christie’s Exhibition,London

2004


Christie’s AuctionLondon

City Arts CouncilEdinburgh, Scotland

‘Men of Ardmore’Gallery on the Square, Johannesburg

2005


Private ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London

Christopher GreigHyde Park. Johannesburg

2006


Amaridian GalleryNew York

Private ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

2007


Christie’s AuctionLondon

‘Cats of the World’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

2008


Amaridian GalleryNew York

‘Wonderful World of Ardmore’Groote Schuur, Cape Town

2009


South Africa HouseLondon

2010


Anagama GalleryVersailles, France

Pascoe & Co.Florida, United States

SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art)Chicago, United States

‘Travellers of Africa’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

2011


‘Ivory and Ebony’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘Clay: The Art of Earth & Fire’Tremaine Gallery, Conneticut, United States

Hallwyl MuseumStockholm, Sweden

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

Eboka Spring CollectionPretoria

Anagama GalleryVersailles, France

2014


‘Birds of Africa’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

'Birds of Africa'Patrick Mavros, Harare, Zimbabwe

La MotteFranschhoek, Western Cape

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