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.
Motsamai was born in Lesotho Mokhotlong on the 20th of February 1990, he went to Asingwazi Primary School where he dropped in Grade 9 because of no financial assistance from my parents. He worked as a Sheppard till 2012 before coming to KZN where worked in a timber factory and a chicken farm.
Motsamai remembers working with clay from the river banks sculpting cows, goats and pigs which played with as toys. His cousin Bennet, one of Ardmore’s great sculptors encouraged him to join Ardmore’s winter school programme in 2017. Bennet has been Motsamai’s mentor and he is grateful for his patience. “I enjoy working on pieces that are anti-poaching and have meaning to them”.
“Ardmore has enabled me to provide for my siblings and for that I would like to thank Fee and Ardmore”.
Fee has enjoyed Motsmai’s teapot series and says he has a great future ahead of himself.