Paulina Ntshalintshali Hadebe

Paulina was born in 1958 at the Zulu village near Ardmore Farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg.

After she left school she worked on the farm but, with the guidance of her mother, Agnes Ntshalintshali, learnt the skills of a ceramic builder.

In 1990, at the age of 32, she asked Fée Halsted if she could join her mother and her step-sister, Bonnie, at Ardmore’s ceramic art studio. By that time Paulina was married and had five children.

The vases, jugs and bowls she hand coils are bold in concept and match her strong personality. They also have a wonderful lyrical style and a texture which is so attractive that it draws one to touch her pieces. She often uses fish and crocodiles, which are amongst her favourite creatures.

Paulina’s delightful creations have consistently been exhibited in South Africa and around the world since 1991.

She made great friends with two of her fellow artists, Beauty Ntshalintshali and Beatrice Nyembe, and says of her career: “I have been so happy at Ardmore where I have been able to educate my children and support them.”

Paulina chose to remain with her family in the Drakensberg after the closure of the Ardmore Farm studio there in 2009.

Exhibitions

1990


Dominiscus GalleryJohannesburg

Natal Society of Arts exhibitionDurban

1991


Natal Regional Ceramic ExhibitionDurban

1992


Natal Regional Ceramic ExhibitionDurban

Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg

1993


RAU Regional Ceramic ExhibitionJohannesburg

1994


Natal Society of Arts exhibitionDurban

1995


‘Africa Earthed’Johannesburg

‘The Spirit of our Stories’Grahamstown

1996


Vita Crafts Now exhibitionPretoria

South African National Ceramic ShowPretoria

Meklenberg Groote SchuurCape Town

1997


State President's Guest HousePretoria

Catalyst GalleryJohannesburg


Long HouseUnited States

Running RidgeUnited States

ExhibitionGermany

Marl Concert HallGermany

Germany Exhibition SiegenGermany

Thyssen Forum DusseldorfGermany

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

1999


LabiaCape Town

Bordeaux St GalleryWestern Cape

Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg

2000


ABSA BankJohannesburg

2001


International Ceramic Arts FestivalWales

Hospice ExhibitionJohannesburg

SA Embassy exhibitionMalaysia

2002


Charles Greig JewellersJohannesburg

2003


Christie’s exhibitionLondon

2004


Christie’s auctionLondon

City Arts CouncilEdinburgh

2005


Private exhibitionLondon

Charles GreigHyde Park

2006


Amaridian GalleryNew York

Private exhibitionLondon

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

2007


Christie’s auctionLondon

‘Cats of the World’Johannesburg

2008


Amaridian GalleryUnited States

‘Wonderful World of Ardmore’Cape Town

2009


South Africa HouseLondon