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.
Welcome Mkhize was born in Durban in 1966.
His father worked away from home and his mother died when he was eleven years old.
He grew up with his two sisters and was never able to attend school. For most of his life he earned his keep as a house painter.
Welcome loves the sea and when work was scarce he survived by catching and selling fish. He enjoyed these experiences but what he liked most was fashioning and decorating clay tiles.
Welcome was introduced to Ardmore Ceramic Art by an artist in Durban whose house he painted.
He relished the energy generated by his colleagues, and found their work inspiring and challenging.
A gentle, sensitive, spiritual man, Welcome valued the guidance of Fée Halsted, founder of Ardmore Ceramic Art, and believed that his personal growth as an artist flourished as a result of her tutelage.
Sadly, in 2014 Welcome left Ardmore.
‘Just So Crocodiles and Other Curiosities’Johannesburg
‘Great Herds of Africa’Cape Town
‘Inspired by the Ocean’Hermanus
‘Birds of Africa’Johannesburg
‘Great Herds of Africa’Kenya
‘Birds of Africa’Zimbabwe