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.
Wiseman was born in 1983 and grew up in Lidgetton in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. He attended the Jabula Combined School where he achieved his Matric in 2002.
Art was the dream he followed and he first attended courses at the Caversham Press, across the river from Ardmore’s Caversham studio. Within a few years he had sold a number of prints and watercolour paintings.
In 2005, Wiseman met Rosemary Sithole, who showed his portfolio to Fée Halsted. It was the break he had been looking for. With his beautiful artistic talent and his attention to detail, Wiseman achieved his ambition of becoming one of Ardmore’s leading artists two years later.
In 2007, he was Ardmore’s top-selling artist at the Christie’s London auction and at the ‘Great Cats of the World’ exhibition at Charles Greig in Hyde Park, Johannesburg.
His heron urn was prepared as the centre-piece for the Ardmore Groote Schuur exhibition in Cape Town in February 2008. He was specifically selected to attend this Ardmore exhibition because of his excellence. It was a triumph of sophisticated natural realism.
Wiseman also has a beautiful singing voice and heads the Jabula Home Boys’ Choir.
In 2012, Wiseman left Ardmore and took up a new position in art eductaion. He continued to visit the Ardmore family in his off time and to paint work from home.
Wiseman’s love of painting is always reflected in every work that he returns to the Ardmore studio for the final glazing firing. His painting is of exceptional quality and he guarantees sculptors a work of excellence!
In 2015, Wiseman assisted with the first Winter School Programme at Ardmore, teaching 22 new recruits alongside Fée Halsted. He has subsequently returned to Ardmore as a full-time painter and helps Fée with quality control, painters’ critiques and our Winter School program that is run in June each year.
Since 2015, Wiseman has consistently created masterworks for all our Ardmore exhibitions, locally and internationally. His pieces are highly prized collectables.
In 2015, Wiseman had the opportunity to represent and run Ardmore workshops at the WMODA Museum, Miami, Florida.
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
A Celebration of Zulu Life and ArtistryUnited States
Florida Ceramic Art ShowUnited States
Gerisch Foundation Sculpture ParkGermany
‘Birds of Africa’Johannesburg
Ardmore migrates to KenyaKenya
WMODA, Pascoe & Co.United States
'Animal Botanical'Cape Town
'Parrots and Pomegranates'Johannesburg
Isabelle Turquin GalleryFrance
‘Kalahari Cats’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town
‘The Great Zambez'Patrick Mavros, London
'Celebrating the Year of the Monkey'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg
'The Great Zambezi'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town
'Savuti Dance'Patrick Mavros, London
'o'kavango'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg