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.
Bongani Lihlehla was born on the 5th of June 1991, studying at and later matriculating from Jabula School.
He was encouraged to join Ardmore by Sthabiso Hadebe, who told him about the studio. After paying Fée Halsted a visit in May 2016, he was encouraged to return for the Winter School programme in June.
Bongani has a realistic style of painting, inspired by Wiseman Ndlovu.
“I would like to add on to the value of Ardmore,” he says. “It has opened many opportunities for me and I can now be financially independent. I’d like to be in Ardmore’s history one day.”
Bongani painted several of Pomotso’s mythological sculptures which were exhibited in the ‘Tokkies and Taggies’ exhibition at Ebony Gallery in Franschhoek in 2016.
Says Fée : “His school-blazered cow was exceptional and showed great initiative. Bongani is an intelligent young man and I am sure that he will soon be one of Ardmore’s top painters.”
'Tokkies and Taggies'Ebony Gallery, Franschhoek, Western Cape
'Savuti Dance'Patrick Mavros, London
'o'kavango'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg