Matrinah Xaba

Matrinah, a petite, shy woman, was born on the 25th December 1970, at Kwavala, Loskop, KwaZulu-Natal.

She was at high school for a year before going to work at the Champagne Sports Resort near the original Ardmore Farm in the ‘Berg.

While there she met some of the artists and after befriending Virginia Xaba was invited by Fée Halsted to join them at Ardmore.

In 2009 when the ‘Berg studio closed, she moved down to Caversham where she continues to paint very fine and delicate botanical work reminiscent of antique Indian chintz, usually on a white background.

Matrinah has participated in all the Ardmore exhibitions both in South Africa and internationally, including the International Ceramics Festival in Wales, the South African Embassy Exhibition in Malaysia and three exhibitions in London: at Christie’s in 2003 and 2004 and at the State President’s residence in 2005.

Matrinah’s painting is exhibited at most of Ardmore’s shows around the world.

In 2014 Matrinah’s bowl was used as an image for a new series of South African postage stamps. The bowl was made by Obed (Mathendeni) Mkise.

Matrinah has six children and is the sole breadwinner for her young family. She took up literacy education in 2014 at a school in Balgowan.

Matrinah retired in 2016.




South African Postage stamp



Volkskas ExhibitionDurban

'The Natal Route'Ferguson Fine Art, Johannesburg


Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg


Natal Society of Arts exhibitionDurban


MeklenbergGroote Schuur, Cape Town


State President's Guest HouseBryntirion Estate, Pretoria

Catalyst GalleryJohannesburg


Ardmore ExhibitionSA Embassy Residence, Bonn, Germany

Ardmore ExhibitionMarl Concert Hall, Marl, Germany

Ardmore ExhibitionSiegen, Germany

Ardmore ExhibitionThyssen Forum, Dusseldorf, Germany

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg


Bordeaux St GalleryFranschhoek, Western Cape

Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg


ABSA BankJohannesburg


International Ceramic Arts FestivalWales

Hospice ExhibitionJohannesburg

SA Embassy ExhibitionKuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Charles Greig JewellersHyde Park, Johannesburg


Christie’s ExhibitionLondon


Christie’s AuctionLondon

City Arts CouncilEdinburgh, Scotland


Private ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London

Christopher GreigHyde Park, Johannesburg


Amaridian GalleryNew York

Private ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg


Christie’s AuctionLondon

‘Cats of the World’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg


Amaridian GalleryNew York

‘Wonderful World of Ardmore’Groote Schuur, Cape Town


South Africa HouseLondon


Anagama GalleryVersailles, France

Pascoe & Co.Florida, United States

SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art)Chicago, United States

‘Travellers of Africa’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg


‘Ivory and Ebony’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘Clay: The Art of Earth & Fire'Tremaine Gallery, Conneticut, United States

Hallwyl MuseumStockholm, Sweden

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

Eboka Spring CollectionPretoria


Ed Pascoe International Ceramic ShowWest Palm Beach, Florida, United States

'Ardmore Aviary'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

Les Ceramiques Zouloues ArdmoreParis, France

'Endangered Animals'Patrick Mavros, London

'An African Collection'The Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral, Australia

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

Fabric and book launch: 'Ardmore, We Are Because of Others'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

Fabric and book launch: 'Ardmore, We Are Because of Others'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

Ardmore in LuxembourgLuxembourg

Ardmore in MauritiusMauritius

Ardmore in FranceFrance

Ardmore in SwitzerlandGeneva, Switzerland

Christmas Safari WeekPatrick Mavros, London

A Celebration of Zulu Life and ArtistrySt Louis, United States

Ardmore AustraliaSydney, Australia


Ed PascoeFlorida, United States

‘Monkeys and Magnolias’Patrick Mavros, London

Isabelle Turquin GalleryParis. France

Les Ceramiques Zouloues ArdmoreParis, France

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

‘Just So Crocodils and Other Curiosities’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

'Safari Week'Patrick Mavros, London

Patrick MavrosHarare, Zimbabwe


‘Great Herds of Africa’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘Great Herds of Africa’Patrick Mavros, London

‘Inspired by the Ocean’Fyn Arts, Hermanus, Western Cape

‘Birds Of Africa’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

‘Great Herds of Africa’Patrick Mavros, Nairobi, Kenya

‘Birds of Africa’Patrick Mavros, Harare, Zimbabwe


WMODAPascoe & Co., Florida, United States

‘Animal Botanical’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town


‘Kalahari Cats’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

'The Great Zambezi'Patrick, London

'Celebrating The Year Of The Monkey'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg


'The Great Zambezi'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town