Leopard Planter

Leopard Love Vase With the launch of the Ardmore Design fabrics this year, we have created a few, special commemorative works to celebrate these vibrant fabrics. This vase in inspired by the fabric, ‘Monkey Bean’in the color way, butter dust. The patterned leaves and passion-like flowers take their inspiration from Ardmore artists, Punch Shabalala who has a flair for intricate, bold design. Sculptor, Thabo Mbhele has featured the two leopards from the 'Monkey Bean’ fabric as well as the silk ‘Leopard Love’ cushions. Mthulusi Ncube who painted this work has excelled in using soft, pastel tones. The fabric colourways guided Fee and the artists to try playing with similar color tones and in this work, it adds a very elegant and sophisticated touch. The yellows, golds and greens all add to the royal feeling of this exquisite vessel.

Height: 28cm / Width: 32cm / Depth/Length: 32cm

    • Thabo Mbhele
    • Thabo Mbhele
      - Sculptor

      Thabo was born in 1984 in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Educated until Grade 5, he travelled to South Africa and found work building houses in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. Thabo heard about Ardmore Ceramic Art while visiting his cousin, Bennet Zondo, who is a leading sculptor at the ... read more

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    • George Manyathela
    • George Manyathela
      - Thrower

      George Manyathela was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, in 1963, and trained at Mzilikazi Craft Centre. In 1986 after finishing his training, he began mass-producing pottery items. From there he moved to Harare, where he worked at Simba Pottery and latter at Terracotta Pots. He came to South ... read more

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    • Mthulisi Ncube
    • Mthulisi Ncube
      - Painter

      Mthulisi Ncube is a Matablele fom Zimbabwe, as is Fée Halsted. He was introduced to Ardmore by school-mate, Mandla Ngwenya, and joined his friends in August 2013. Mthulisi is a bright, well-mannered, talented young man. He completed high school in Bulawayo at Entumbane in 2000, and the ... read more

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