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.
Sthabiso was born in 1986 at Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal. After finishing school, he found work as a gardener.
His neighbours in the area, Ardmore sculptors, Petros Gumbi and Sabelo Khoza, introduced him to Ardmore Ceramic Art.
He started working in the Ardmore sculpture studio in 2008, but, after being mentored by Ardmore’s leading artists, Punch Shabalala and Siya Mabaso, Sthabiso decided that he would prefer to paint.
He has developed a distinctive style, using subtle colours and his own signature wild dog patterning.
His talent and innovative and sophisticated colour experimentation earned him his first major break: he was entrusted with painting Petros Gumbi’s sculptural tableau for the Grimaldi wedding in 2011.
This young artist with a brilliant smile is a rising star and someone who Ardmore founder Fée Halsted says “has brought something of his own to Ardmore and is someone to watch for the future”.
He dreams of being a fashion designer one day, translating his originality, gift for patterns and soft tonality into clothing. After his parents have passed away, Stabiso, who is responsible and generous, looks after his siblings.
‘Travellers of Africa’Johannesburg
‘Ivory & Ebony’Cape Town
Le Negresco HotelFrance
NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg
Sprung from the Reeds: Ardmore and Ukhamba’Ardmore Caversham
International Ceramic Show,United 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
Patrick Mavros Christmas Safari WeekLondon
A Celebration of Zulu Life and ArtistryUnited States
Pascoe & Co.United States
‘Monkeys and Magnolias’London
Naada Fair, Sandton, Johannesburg ‘Just So Crocodiles and Other Curiosities’Johannesburg
Pascoe & Co.United States
‘Great Herds of Africa’Cape Town
‘Great Herds of Africa’London
'Birds of Africa’Johannesburg
Objects BiennaleUnited States
‘Great Herds of Africa’Kenya
‘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'Chares Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg