Punch Shabalala

Punch was born in 1969 in the Champagne Valley of the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg.

She had the good fortune, when she was still a child, to be befriended by her cousin, Bonnie Ntshalintshali, the legendary first artist at Ardmore.

Punch’s intense love of drawing and painting found expression during her school years, and as she lived with her parents on the Ardmore farm, she was exposed to the creative work of many of her friends and family.

She joined Fée Halsted and Ardmore Ceramic Art at the age of 20. Inspired by her colleagues, Punch soon developed her own special style, expertly blending flowers, insects, birds and animals into an exotic tapestry of colour and intricate patterning, influenced by Zulu beadwork and KwaZulu-Natal’s Eastern heritage.

Punch’s imaginative skill and attention to detail have brought joy to collectors worldwide. Her diligence and talent ensure that her ceramics are always included in overseas exhibitions and she has become the most prolific winner of Ardmore’s Triple A award for excellence.

Her strength of character and determination have enabled her to overcome daunting challenges in her life and she shares this strength and energy with others, leading by example. She is Ardmore’s most respected and beloved artist.

In 1998 Punch accompanied Fée and Bonnie Ntshalintshali to three German cities where exhibitions of Ardmore were organised by the South African High Commissioner.

In 2011 she travelled to the United States as guest artist at an exhibition of Ardmore work at a symposium held at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut.

Exhibitions

Awards


Korean Biennale (Merit award)

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

1998


Long HouseUnited States

Running RidgeUnited States

SA Embassy ResidenceGermany

Marl Concert HallGermany

Germany Exhibition SiegenGermany

Thyssen Forum DusseldorfGermany

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

1999


LabiaCape Town

Bordeaux St GalleryFranschho

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

2006


Charles GreigHyde Park

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

2010


Pascoe & Co.United States

Anagama GalleryFrance

‘Travellers of Africa’Johannesburg


‘Ivory and Ebony’Cape Town

‘Clay: The Art of Earth & Fire’United States

ARS 11, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary ArtFinland

Istanbul BiennaleTurkey

Hallwyl MuseumSweden

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireOslo

Eboka Spring CollectionPretoria

AnagamaFrance

2012


International Ceramic ShowUnited States

‘Ardmore Aviary’Cape Town

Les Ceramiques Zouloues ArdmoreFrance

‘Endangered Animals’ exhibitionLondon

An African CollectionAustralia

Naada Faire Antiques and CollectablesJohannesburg

Fabric and book launch: Ardmore,Hermanus

Fabric and book launch: Ardmore, We Are Because of OthersCape Town

‘Grand Carnival’ fabric and book launch: Ardmore, We Are Because of OthersJohannesburg

ArdmoreLuxembourg

ArdmoreMauritius

ArdmoreFrance

ArdmoreGeneva

Patrick Mavros Christmas Safari WeekLondon

A Celebration of Zulu Life and ArtistryUnited States

Ardmore AustraliaAustralia

2013


‘Monkeys and Magnolias’London

Fyn Arts FestivalHermanus

Naada FairJohannesburg

‘Just so Crocodiles and other Curiosities’Johannesburg

Christmas ShowZimbabwe

2014


Pascoe & Co.United States

‘Great Herds of Africa’Hermanus

Inspired by the OceanHermanus

‘Birds of Africa'Johannesburg

‘Great Herds of Africa'Kenya

'Birds of Africa’Zimbabwe

2015


WMODA, Pascoe & Co.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