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Octavia Mazibuko

Octavia is a happy, pretty woman.

She was born in 1972 at Loskop, KwaZulu-Natal, and after attending primary school and working on a farm as a temporary labourer for a short while, she heard about the Ardmore Ceramic Art studio through Agnes Ndlovu, step-mother to the legendary Bonnie Ntshalintshali.

In 1993, at the age of 21, Octavia joined Fee Halsted’s team of artists as a painter. After only one month she discovered a love of clay and realised she would prefer to do coiling and sculpting.

Octavia creates coiled bowls, dishes, jugs and vases with a great deal of care and skill. Like her, her work is robust.

Octavia’s work has been exhibited in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town as well as overseas in Germany, London and the United States.

She has found a home for herself and her three children at Ardmore and, as the sole breadwinner of her family – and with the aid of the Ardmore Excellence Fund – is able to give her children a future with hope.

Ardmore gives her the opportunity to enjoy the creative work she does so well.

Since 2009 Octavia and Betty Ntshingila have been the only two women working in the clay making studio. Octavia is renowned for her beautiful pumpkin shaped forms that become teapots and urns.



International Ceramic ShowUSA

Cellars HohenhortCape Town

Les Ceramiques Zouloues ArdmoreParis

Endangered Animals ExhibitionLondon

An African CollectionAustralia

Naada FaireJohannesburg

Ardmore CarnivalJohannesburg





Patrick Mavros Christmas Safari WeekLondon

A celebration of Zulu Life and ArtistryUSA

Ardmore AustraliaSydney


Monkeys and MagnoliasLondon

Just so Crocodiles and other CuriositiesHyde Park

Patrick MavrosZimbabwe


Great Herds of AfricaCape Town

Great Herds of AfricaLondon

Birds of AfricaSandton

Great HerdsKenya

Birds of AfricaZimbabwe


'Parrots and Pomegranates'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg


‘Kalahari Cats’Cellars, Hohenort, Cape Town

‘The Great Zambezi’Patrick Mavros, London

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


‘The Great Zambezi’Cellars, Hohenort, Cape Town

'Savuti Dance'Patrick Mavros, London

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