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.
Nomali Mnculwane was born in 1979 in Estcourt in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
She matriculated from the Estcourt Secondary School in 1998 where she took art as a subject. After school she worked as a waitress near Mooi River.
Two years later Nomali met Wonderboy Nxumalo who suggested that she take her talent to Fée Halsted at Ardmore.
When the studio moved from Springvale Farm to the Caversham Valley, Nomali was sadly not able to find accommodation for herself and for her family. The following year her husband was killed in a car accident, leaving her with four children to support on her own.
In 2007 Nomali came to work at Ardmore in Caversham, renting a house in Lidgetton and sending her children to their grandmother – and school – in Estcourt.
Nomali evolved her own fine-lined, neat graphic style which set her apart from the other painters.
With her steady hand and excellent eye, she transformed Zebra stripes into gorgeous designs and preferred to work with greens, ochres and yellows.
She participated in the ‘Great Cats of the Wild’ exhibition at Hyde Park, Johannesburg and at the Groote Schuur exhibition in 2008.
To the great sadness of her children and the Ardmore family, this talented woman died in 2008.