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Located in the picturesque Caversham Valley in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the Ardmore Ceramic Art Studio is a celebrated producer of exquisite handmade pottery. The pieces are highly unusual in design and beautifully painted in striking colours and glossy finish. Many of the designs are drawn from the Zulu culture and a great deal of thought and planning goes into each piece before the work begins.
The Ardmore Ceramic Art studio was opened by owner Fée Halsted who, along with her student Bonnie Ntshalintshali were jointly awarded the Standard Bank’s young artist of the year award in 1990. With Fée’s assistance, Bonnie established herself as a top ceramic artist until her death in 1999. In her memory, the Bonnie Ntshalintshali Museum was created and is located on the Caversham Valley premises. For her major contributions towards the arts and education, Fée was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Ceramic and non-ceramic products are created by local artists who are trained and mentored by Fée, and many gems land up in top galleries such as the Tatham Gallery in Pietermaritzburg or in foremost European museums. In 2008, an Ardmore vase fetched R200000 at a Sotheby’s Auction. Ardmore creations are endorsed by both Christie’s of London and Hermès of Paris and have made their way into the hands of international luminaries, some as ceremonial gifts. Recipients include Queen Elizabeth II and the Japanese Empress.
When you buy an Ardmore piece, you know it’s a purchase of absolute quality that involves a great deal of time and workmanship (the average time to create a single piece is 6 weeks), making the price somewhat irrelevant.
The Studio is on the Midlands Meander, a scenic arts and crafts route that travels through the KwaZulu-Natal countryside.