Thabo Mbele creates movement and action in his works, and always brings the bush to life. At the base of this vessel, we encounter a dramatic river battle between crocodiles, hippos and elephant. In the middle, we find an a forest entwined with delicious monster plants and baobab flowers. Thabo adds more tension at the top of his work with the menacing pride of lion, circling a troop of baboons around the entire rim. Siyabonga Mbaso has worked with these tensions at the base and top by using a darker palette, whilst the middle area is painted with reds and greens, creating a lighter scene, and overall effect of alluring abundance.
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 moreView all pieces by Thabo Mbhele
Siyabonga Mabaso was born in 1985 in the KZN Midlands town of Mooi River and completed his education in 2006. Having studied art while at school, he had an impressive portfolio of drawings and paintings when he met Fée Halsted, founder of Ardmore Ceramic Art. Fée ... read moreView all pieces by Siyabonga Mabaso