Sabelo Khoza

Sabelo completed his education in 2000 at Mahlubi High School in Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal.

In 2001 he travelled to Johannesburg to work for his uncle in the building trade. Two years later he returned to KwaZulu-Natal where he heard about Ardmore Ceramic Art from his cousins, Petros Gumbi and Sondelani Ntshalintshali, both successful artists at Ardmore.

Towards the end of 2003 he approached Fée Halsted, founder of Ardmore, to see if she would help him learn to sculpt as he had enjoyed building with clay as a young child.

He began his sculpting career under the mentorship of Petros and by closely observing the Ardmore throwers taught himself how to shape clay on the wheel. When master thrower, Elias Lulanga, left Ardmore in 2005, Sabelo was able to take over producing Ardmore’s functional ware.

“Sabelo is a prolific master thrower and a brilliant sculptor,” says Fée. “He is such an important figure at Ardmore, although his skill in throwing forms for the other sculptors keeps him from finding much time to use his own sculptural talent.”

Sabelo is renowned for his elegantly handled vases and animal palm tree candlesticks, and when he has the time, throws and embellishes his own forms, focusing on leopards, giraffes and elephants.

He has a prolific working relationship with Sondelani Ntshalintshali and Petros Gumbi remains a mentor and inspirational figure to this talented young artist. Sabelo has participated in all of Ardmore’s exhibitions since 2004 and in 2009 was sponsored to attend an exhibition at South Africa House in London.

In 2010, his Monkey-handled Vase was exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design’s Global Africa Project and its image was used to promote the exhibition on banners hanging from lamp posts all along Broadway.

His Elephant vase from ‘Travellers of Africa’ was purchased by the Museum of Art and Design in New York in the same year.

His work features in major international collections and museums, both internationally and at home in South Africa.

In 2014 Sabelo took a break from sculpting and throwing due to ill health, but is back working at Ardmore as an independent artist.

Exhibitions

2003


Christie’s exhibitionLondon

2004


Christie’s auctionLondon

City Arts CouncilEdinburgh

2007


‘Cats of the World’Johannesburg

2008


Amaridian GalleryNew York

‘Wonderful World of Ardmore'Cape Town

2009


South Africa House exhibitionLondon

2010


Pascoe & Co.United States

Global Africa ProjectUnited States

SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art)United States

Anagama GalleryFrance

Amaridian GalleryUnited States

Johannesburg Art FaireJohannesburg

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

‘Travellers of Africa'Johannesburg

2011


'Ivory & Ebony’Cape Town

Hallwyl MuseumSweden

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, We Are Because of OthersHermanus

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

ArdmoreBeaune

ArdmoreGeneva

Patrick Mavros Christmas Safari WeekLondon

A Celebration of Zulu Life and ArtistryUnited States

Ardmore AustraliaAustralia


Pascoe & Co.United States

‘Monkeys and Magnolias’London

Naada FairJohannesburg

‘Just So Crocodiles and Other Curiosities’Johannesburg

Christmas Show, Patrick MavrosZimbabwe

Safari WeekLondon


Pascoe & Co.United States

‘Great Herds of Africa’Cape Town

‘Great Herds of Africa’London

‘Inspired by the Ocean’Hermanus