Do you love fine ceramics? If so, this work of art belongs in your collection.
Welcome to the magical wonderland of Ardmore ceramic art where . . .
P is for Pangolin
We honestly believe Lewis Carroll must have seen a Pangolin before he created the fabulous Jabberwocky creature. Such an odd creature existed in real life! His imagination would have sprung into action once he saw this unusual animal.
With its armoured shell and peculiar gait, the pangolin resembles an anteater prepped for medieval battle. Sadly, illegal trade in South Asia, however, has now rendered the scaly mammals the most trafficked animal on earth, with some estimates claiming that sales now account for up to 20 per cent of the entire wildlife black market.
This beautiful bowl is exquisitely and uniquely shaped - as unique as either a Pangolin or the Jabberwocky. Definitely a showstopper!
Heirloom quality fine ceramic art that will be passed down for generations to come.
Dimensions: 16 inches wide x 8 inches high
Maker/Sculptor and Thrower: Lovemore Sithole & Thulani Mntungwa
Thulani was born on the 4th of April, 1987 at kwaHaza. He attended Asithuthuke School in Balgowan and finished in 2006.
He also attended Ubumba for Life where he did both practical and theory classes in clay in 2013 and 2014.
He lives with his relatives as both his parents have passed away.
Unable to find work, Thulani, encouraged by his brother, Qiniso, joined Ardmore Ceramics in 2014. Fee was enthralled by his natural sculpting talent.
For the Parrots and Pomegranates's exhibition at Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg, Thulani made his debut with fun, green parrot sculptures inspired by Chinese green-glazed pottery parrots.
He has since created charming Meerkat figures for the "Kalahari Cats" exhibition and really excels at making candlesticks and unique vases.
Thulani is looking forward to his future at Ardmore, being inspired by his fellow artists and coming up with his own creative ideas.
Lovemore Sithole was born in 1962 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. His early schooling was interrupted when he joined recruits to train as a freedom fighter during the Zimbabwean War of Independence.
After the war, in 1982, he returned to Bulawayo and joined the Mzilikazi Arts and Craft Centre where he learned his ceramic skills.
Four years later, when trouble broke out between the ZANU and ZIPRA forces, Lovemore fled to South Africa. Safe in his new home country, Lovemore used his talent as a thrower to find work in Johannesburg, creating large terracotta planters for various clients.
After ten years, and nervous of growing xenophobia in the city, he moved to the calm of the rural Free State where he found part-time work producing tableware.
Realising he had great skill, Fee invited him to join Ardmore as a thrower for the sculptors, who needed forms onto which they add sculptural elements.
Today, Lovemore has become Ardmore's main thrower, and is a stable father figure and respected leader, emphasising a strict code of moral decency to the community and leading by example through his inherent trustworthiness.
His technical skills have heightened the studio's quality and his disciplined work ethic assists with increasing productivity.
He is known for his spectacular large tureens, and also threw all of the plates for the limited-edition Ardmore Design Collection dinnerware.
Lovemore, who is the general production manager at Ardmore, says: "I enjoy working with Ardmore, here I can live a better life and feed my family"
Painter: Allan Ndlovu
Allan was born on the 5th of January 2005 in Northdale Hospital, Pietermaritzburg.
He attended Eastwood School, but left due to an unsettled life at his family home and started working at a carwash.
He came to Howick in 2010 to visit an aunt, which is when he met Sthabiso Hadebe, a painter at Ardmore.
Three years later, Allan decided that he wanted to pursue a career at Ardmore, and asked Sthabiso to introduce him to Fee Halsted.
Allan says: "I am happy to be in the world of art, and thank Fee for helping me, to improve myself as an artist".
In 2016, Allan found his niche as a colourist and is now recognised for his own stylised and graphic-like imagery.
With the launch of the Cole & Son wallpaper in 2017, Allan worked closely on the wallpaper design.
His pieces are much admired and have proved popular with international buyers.