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.
Thandeka Shabalala was born 16 September 1987 in the Drakensberg area.
Her mother, Mavis Shabalala (cousin of Bonnie Nthshalintshali and sister of Punch Shabalala) was one of the first young ladies to join Fee in early 1990s.
She attended Mountain View Primary School and Sizathina High School.
After finishing high school, Thandeka’s dream was to join Ardmore. She says that she loved watchng her mum paint and wished to follow in her footsteps.
In 2010, Thandeka starting working as a housekeeper on a neighboring farm to Ardmore in the Caversham Valley. She visited her aunt, Punch who on weekends taught her niece how to paint. Thandeka starting painting at Ardmore in 2014.
Thandeka sits next to her aunt and has the same flair for intricate patterning which is closely linked to Zulu traditional beadwork and basketing. Fee is delighted that this traditional design and color lives on in the younger generation.
‘Kalahari Cats’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town
‘The Great Zambezi'Patrick Mavros, London
'Celebrating the Year of the Monkey'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg
International Ceramic ShowGallery of Amazing Things, Florida
'The Great Zambezi'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town
'Savuti Dance'Patrick Mavros, London
'o'kavango'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg