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.
Andile Vilakazi, who lives in Lidgetton, was born on 1st July 1991.
He attended the Nottingham Road Primary School and Newton High School.
Introduced to Ardmore by Nobuhle and Nonhlanhla Vilakazi, he joined the Winter School programme in 2016.
The realism and design in his work is inspired by fellow painters, Sthabiso Hadebe and Riyah Shabalala.
Speaking about Ardmore, he says he is constantly inspired by the work being done at the studio, adding: “I love the art done here and have gotten used to doing the art from Ardmore.”
Andile’s work was exhibited at the ‘Tokkies and Taggies’ exhibition at the Ebony Gallery in Franschhoek in 2016.
Says Fée Halsted: “I am sure that Andile’s polite and concientious focus will ensure that this young man becomes one of Ardmore’s top artists.”
In addition to his painting at Ardmore, Andile is being mentored by our restorer, Christopher Ntshalintshali to help paint and repair our ceramic pieces.
'Tokkies and Taggies'Ebony Gallery, Franschhoek, Western Cape