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.
Thobani was born on the 19th of May 1995 in Balgowan. He attended Bruntville Primary School in Mooi River and Jabula Combined School where he matriculated in 2016.
He came to know of Ardmore though Siyabonga Mabaso and was fascinated at the magic Siyabonga created through painting. Whilst he was still a school boy, he made sure He was at Ardmore on his first day of the holiday to try his hand at painting and earn a little pocket money. Once he had finished his schooling Thobani eagerly joined the painting studio and he is grateful for the mentorship of Siyabonga Mabaso and Mama Ntombela.
“Thank you, Ardmore for fulfilling my dream to be an artist and to earn a living through my creativity. Thank you, Fee and thank you Ardmore”.
Fee says that she is encouraged that Thobani’s ambition and determination will get him to the top.