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.
Sbongile was born in 1984 in Estcourt, where she went to school. In standard seven she had to leave because at the age of sixteen she was pregnant.
She worked as a gardener at Springvale Farm – Ardmore’s home until it moved to Caversham in 2004 – where she met and fell in love with legendary Ardmore artist Wonderboy.
She later left to work at a butchery in Pietermaritzburg, but in 2008 returned to Wonderboy at Ardmore, where she worked in Fée Halsted’s house and learnt how to paint ceramics from Wonderboy in her spare time.
Her style is similar to his, relying on black and white sgraffito scratched lines for its effect.
In 2008 Wonderboy died of Aids to the great sorrow of Sbongile and the Ardmore family.
Sbongile decided to stay on at Ardmore after the birth of her and Wonderboy’s daughter in 2009 and went from strength to strength, taking over the catering for the Rovos Rail teas and working in the gallery and office and helping with sales and packing. She has two daughters.