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.
Mthulisi is a Matablele fom Zimbabwe, as is Fée Halsted. He was introduced to Ardmore by school-mate, Mandla Ngwenya, and joined his friends in August 2013.
Mthulisi is a bright, talented young man. He completed high school in Bulawayo at Entumbane in 2000, and the following year he attended Mzilikazi Art Centre.
In 2003 he worked at Nivek Africa as an artist, before heading south to seek his fortune. He earned a living by selling his oil on canvases and in 2008 his paintings were exhibited in Utah with the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints.
Mthulisi, with Mandla as his mentor and friend, has already found himself an important painting niche at Ardmore ceramics and his work was exhibited at the ‘Just So Crocodile and Other Curiosities’ exhibition in Hyde Park, Johannesburg in October 2013, at the Creel Gow show in November the same year and at the Safari Week at Patrick Mavros in London.
His work also returned to Zimbabwe in December 2013 for the first ever Ardmore showing in Harare.
In early 2014, Mthulisi exhibited his work at the ‘Great Herds of Africa’ exhibition at the Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia, Cape Town, in May 2014 at Parick Mavros in London and in October at the ‘Great Herds’ show in Nairobi, Kenya, where his red Masai elephant rider stole the show.
Fée Halsted is sure Mthulusi will become one of Ardmore’s superstars as his talent and dedication to his work shows this promise.
In 2016 he travelled to Cape Town to represent Ardmore at the ‘Kalahari Cats’ exhibition.
‘Just So Crocodiles and Other Curiosities’Johannesburg
Creel and GowUnited States
‘Great Herds of Africa’Cape Town
‘Great Herds of Africa'London
‘Inspired by the Ocean’Western Cape
‘Birds of Africa’Johannesburg
‘Great Herds of Africa’Kenya
Objects BiennaleUnited States
‘Birds of Africa’Zimbabwe
WMODA, Pascoe & Co.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 Zambezi'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town