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.
Vuzi, half-brother to the legendary Bonnie Ntshalintshali, was considerably younger than his siblings and as a result withdrew into his own small world where he found comfort drawing people, horses, cows, animals and birds.
He began his three-dimensional sculpting in clay when he was only three, when he accompanied his elder brothers into the hills to herd the family cattle and goats. With his sensitive nature he also developed a love for horses and loved to ride.
Financial constraints curtailed the formal education of this astutely aware young man. However in 1995, after his mother was killed, a new world opened to him at Ardmore where Fée Halsted began his training in ceramic painting.
After only a year at Ardmore he left for Johannesburg where he hoped to find success as an independent artist. When he returned to Ardmore he took the opportunity to change direction and was taught the art of throwing by a young American student. He quickly discovered his creative niche as a thrower and sculptor.
At a Christie’s auction in London in 2004 his beautiful fish and eagle vase fetched the highest price of any Ardmore piece exhibited.
When Ardmore’s Berg studio closed in 2006 and moved to Caversham, Vusi decided to explore new artistic avenues.
ABSA Ceramic Sculptural Award
City Arts CouncilEdinburgh
‘Men of Ardmore’Johannesburg