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.
Sidney Nyabeze was born in Harare, Zimbabwe on May 18, 1969.
His father was a Unitarian evangelist while his mother worked on a farm and took care of her eight children. Sidney went to primary school in Harare where his father had his ministry.
He completed secondary school and went to study art at the National Gallery in Harare. He earned his two year diploma at the end of which he was awarded an additional year of free tuition.
His first job was at Ros Byrne Pottery, an enterprise that specialised in dinner sets, vases and other luxury ware. In Bulawayo he worked for two years at the renowned Penzo Pottery.
After he and his wife moved to South Africa, Sidney worked as an artist in a number of well-known art and craft galleries. In early 2011, Sidney moved to Ardmore Ceramic Art.
He is stimulated by the variety and quality of the work being produced here and is very appreciative of the professional, individual guidance he receives from Fée Halsted, founder of Ardmore.
In his spare time, Sidney paints. His canvases have enjoyed worldwide sales and some are exhibited at the Harare National Gallery in Zimbabwe. His style is figurative and his preferred subjects are city-scapes and people. He is occasionally challenged by backdrops and scene decor for the theatre, and enjoys art projects where children are involved.
In the second half of 2011 he was chosen to paint an African wooden bowl on the theme of ‘stewardship’ for the Oware/Aware exhibition at Kirstenbosch, a project of Art Works for Change featuring artists from six South African art collectives.
In 2013 Sidney participated in the South African Formula which depicted sculptures featuring both the vices and virtues of South Africa today.
In 2014 he worked with Catherine Berning on scarf designs for the prestigious French company, Hermès. Catherine’s scarf designs were selected and Sidney can be proud of his participation and painstaking paintwork.
At the end of the same year a pangolin teapot, modelled by Sfiso Mavelase and painted by Sidney, was selected to be exhibited on the Korean Biennale on the Africa Now show.
Oware/Aware exhibitionCape Town
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
Patrick Mavros Christmas Safari WeekLondon
A Celebration of Zulu Life and ArtistryUnited States
Pascoe & CoUnited States
'Monkeys and Magnolias'London
‘Just So Crocodiles and Other Curiosities’Johannesburg
SA Formula Vices and Virtues of SA
Pascoe and Co.United States
‘Great Herds of Africa’,Cape Town
‘Great Herds of Africa’,London
‘Inspired by the Ocean’Western Cape
‘Birds of Africa’Johannesburg
Objects BiennaleUnited States
‘Great Herds of Africa’,Kenya
‘Birds of Africa’Zimbabwe
Christmas ShowUnited States
WMODA, Pascoe & Co.United States
‘Animal Botanical’Cape Town