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.
Sharon was born in Zimbabwe in 1974 and grew up and was educated in Bulawayo.
She is married to Ardmore’s master thrower, Lovemore Sithole, and they have three children.
When she and Lovemore first came to South Africa, Sharon worked in Johannesburg before Lovemore introduced her to Fée Halsted, founder of Ardmore Ceramic Art.
Although she had initially started as a painter under the mentorship of Ardmore’s leading painter Punch Shabalala, Fée warmed to Sharon’s vibrant personality and bright smile, and persuaded her to come and help with sales at the Ardmore gallery in January 2008.
Fée soon recognised Sharon’s ambition and drive and arranged for her to have computer training. Today Sharon manages Ardmore’s internet sales and as Ardmore’s resident photographer, sends out images of the works fresh from the kiln to collectors across the world.
Always a busy bee, Sharon still paints on a part-time basis and loves to create giraffes and leopards in bright colours.
Sharon says: “I love Ardmore – I have learned so much ever since I started working with Fée. She gave me a big opportunity to be somebody. Ardmore is a giver: it grows you and motivates you so that you feel special. I have managed to achieve more in my life that I can call my own and I don’t want to work anywhere else but at Ardmore.”
Pascoe & CoUnited States
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