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Nonhlanhla Nxumalo Vilakazi

Nonhlanhla is the daughter of Ottilia Nxumalo, who painted for Ardmore Ceramics in the ‘Berg, and was one of Ardmore’s leading painters.

Nonhlanhla was born in 1980 in the Loskop area and attended Sisatina High School in Estcourt where no art was taught. Her mother provided what the school could not and in 2001 began to teach her to paint ceramics.

She encouraged her daughter to leave the ‘Berg and to go and work with Fée Halsted at Ardmore in Caversham.

Learning under the watchful eye of Fée and celebrated artists like Punch Shabalala and Wonderboy Nxumalo, Nonhlanhla has improved her skills and used her natural talent to produce wonderful ceramic works, while still retaining the wonderful rich colours of her mother’s palette.

Since 2004 she has participated in all major Ardmore exhibitions in London, New York, Paris, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Nonhlanhla is unmarried and has one son who lives with her mother at Mangweni in the beautiful Champagne Valley. Her dream is to give her son – who she supports alone – the best education she can and to build a house for her family.



Christie’s auctionEdinburgh


Private exhibitionLondon

Christopher GreigJohannesburg


Amaridian GalleryNew York

Private exhibitionLondon

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg


'Cats of the World'Johannesburg

Christie's AuctionLondon


Amaridian GalleryNew York


Exhibition at South Africa HouseLondon


Pascoe & Co.United States

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

Anagama GalleryFrance

‘Travellers of Africa’Johannesburg


‘Ivory & Ebony’Cape Town

‘Earth and Fire’United States

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

Le Negresco HotelFrance

Hallwyl MuseumSweden

‘Sprung from the Reeds: Ardmore and Ukhamba’Ardmore, Caversham

Eboka Spring CollectionPretoria



International Ceramic ShowUnited States

‘Ardmore Avairy'Cape Town

Les Ceramiques Zouloues ArdmoreFrance

Endangered Animals London

Naada FaireJohannesburg

Ardmore fabric and book launchCape Town

Grand CarnivalJohannesburg

Ardmore Luxembourg

Ardmore France

Christmas Safari WeekLondon

A celebration of Zulu Life and ArtistryUnited States


Pascoe & Co.United States

‘Monkeys and Magnolias'London

Isabelle Turquin GalleryFrance

Journee des CeramiquesFrance

Naada FaireJohannesburg

‘Just so Crocodiles and Other Curiosities’Johannesburg

Safari Week London

Patrick Mavros Harare


‘Great Herds of Africa'Cape Town

‘Great Herds of Africa’London

‘Inspired by the Ocean’Western Cape

‘Birds of Africa’Johannesburg

‘Great Herds of Africa’Kenya

‘Birds of Africa’Harare


WMODA, Pascoe & Co.United States

‘Animal Botanical’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town


‘Kalahari Cats'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘The Great Zambezi’Patrick Mavros, London Mavros, London

'Celebrating the Year of the Monkey'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg


'The Great Zambezi'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

'Savuti Dance'Patrick Mavros, London Mavros, London

'o'kavango'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg