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.
Qiniso was born in December 1990 at Mpophomeni near Howick, and joined Ardmore in November 2010 as a sculptor.
He says: “I like playing with clay, making different designs, especially trays, platters and square bowls. I like to create any animals that fit with the particular design or shape I have made.”
Fee Halsted says: “Qiniso has great flair at hand-building and is truly inventive. His hexagonal dishes and bowls are his personal signature as they are so distinctive.”
At the ‘Just So Crocodiles and Other Curiosities Exhibition’ in 2013 at Hyde Park, organised by Charles Greig Jewellers, he made his mark with an exquisite Leopard Tureen that was the main attraction at the show. It reminded one of a baroque clock, mantle-piece in shape.
He also excelled himself with an incredible Warthog Tureen that found a home with a big collector in the United States after it was exhibited at ‘The Great Herds of Africa’ exhibition in Cape Town in 2014.
Quiniso took a break from Ardmore in the winter of 2014 to work as a TLB and taxi driver operator but returned in the November of the same year.
His large elephant platter, painted by Nondumiso Mfuphi, was selected for the Korean Biennale at the end of 2014.
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: ArdmoreHermanus
Fabric and book launch: ArdmoreCape Town
‘Grand Carnival’, fabric and book launch: ArdmoreJohannesburg
Patrick Mavros Christmas Safari WeekLondon
A Celebration of Zulu Life and ArtistryUnited States
‘Monkeys and Magnolias’London
‘Just So Crocodiles and Other Curiosities’Johannesburg
Pascoe & Co.United States
‘Great Herds of Africa’Cape Town
‘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 Great Zambezi'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town
'Savuti Dance'Patrick Mavros, London
'o'kavango'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg