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.
Sondelani was born in 1980 at Estcourt in KwaZulu-Natal, where he was educated.
He was introduced to Ardmore in the ‘Berg by his friend, sculptor, Nhlanhla Nsundwane, and joined the studio in 2001.
He moved with Ardmore founder Fée Halsted in 1996 when her family went to Springvale Farm in Rosetta and then moved again in 2004 when Fée relocated the studio to Caversham.
Under the mentorship of Fée, Nhlanhla Nsundwane and Petros Gumbi, Sondelani has learned the techniques of ceramic sculpture while developing his own style.
His artworks were very popular and included flower and animal platters, tureens and large animal candlesticks.
Hard-working, responsible and with a driving entrepreneurial focus, he developed a prolific artistic partnership with thrower, Sabelo Khoza. Together they were among Ardmore’s most successful artists.
In 2011, Sondelani’s Hunter’s Urn was selected to be shown at the Jabulisa – Best of KZN exhibition at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, and is now part of the Tatham collection.
His Skeleton sculpture was chosen to travel to the Istanbul Biennale as part of the Ardmore AIDS Collection.
Sondelani left Ardmore in 2012.
Korean Biennale (Merit award)
City Arts CouncilScotland
‘Men of Ardmore’Johannesburg
‘Cats of the World’Johannesburg
‘The Wonderful World of Ardmore’Cape Town
South Africa HouseLondon
‘Ardmore Positive’ exhibitionPietermaritzburg
Pascoe & Co.United States
Travellers of Africa’Johannesburg
Amaridian GalleryUnited States
‘Travellers of Africa’Johannesburg
‘Ivory& Ebony’Cape Town
Johannesburg Art FaireJohannesburg
NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg
‘Earth and Fire’United States
Le Negreso HotelFrance
Eboka Spring CollectionPretoria
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:Johannesburg
Patrick Mavros Christmas Safari WeekLondon
A Celebration of Zulu Life and ArtistryUnited States