Ardmore ceramics heading to Kimberley for a colourful exhibition

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Somandla Ntshalintshali sculpted this elegant Oryx Vase, which features bold geometric and floral designs painted by his long-time collaborator, Jabu Nene. It is one of the works being exhibited at the William Humphreys Gallery in Kimberley. Photo: Ardmore Ceramic Art

ARDMORE Ceramic Art will be showcasing its colourful work at the ‘In Full Colour’ – David Walters and Friends Exhibition at the William Humphreys Art Gallery in Cullinan Crescent, Kimberley.

The exhibition opens on July 13 and runs until August 12.

The unusual and quirky designs that characterise the pieces of Ardmore — the necks of giraffes that become handles for jugs, vases and tureens, Zulu figures riding hippos and birds and complex floral decoration — will be on show.

Other artists exhibiting at the show are Hennie Meyer, Clementina van der Walt, Digby Hoets, Ann Marais, Yogi de Beer, Sarah Walters Christo Giles, Melanie Hillebrand and organiser, Franschhoek-based potter, David Walters.

Speaking about the exhibition, Walters said: “I have invited 94 different potters from all over South Africa to take part in this years ‘In Full Colour’ exhibition. This means that most of them will send something – but not all of them!

“The fact is that not all exhibition titles suit all of us as potters – some may think that their work is not colourful enough, or they may have other things to do. But I can tell you that by far the most of them will exhibit, and it will be a stunning show.

“The idea is, of course, that the colourful title will bring upbeat and colourful exhibits to our show – and fill everybody with vibrancy and joy! There is no reason for gloom in every bit of our communities, and some colour will do us all good.”

Walters added: “It is seldom that an art gallery of the magnitude of the William Humphreys has the inspiration and the boldness to hold a fully ceramics show – and this shall be the 14th annual ceramics show that they have held. Bravo!”

  • The William Humphreys Art Gallery is open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4.45 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 4.45 pm and Sundays and public holidays from 9 am to 11.45 am. Inquiries: 053 831 1724/5 or email

About Ardmore Ceramic Art

Ardmore Ceramic Art is one of South Africa’s greatest creative success stories.

In 1985, Fée Halsted started teaching her first student, Bonnie Ntshalintshali, on the Ardmore farm in the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal. Five years later, in 1990, Bonnie and Fée jointly won the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award at the National Arts Festival.

The work of the studio’s artists has been sold at Christies, Sotheby’s and Bonham’s in London and to collectors in New York, Los Angeles and Paris; and Ardmore’s beautiful imagery is being used on a new range of patterned scarves – ‘La March du Zambèze’ and ‘Savanna Dance’ – as part of a collaboration with luxury French brand, Hermès.

At its base overlooking the scenic Lion’s River  in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands you can meet the artists at work, view the Bonnie Ntshalinthsali Museum that houses historic pieces, as well as the Zulu Cultural and HIV/Aids Collections, and take a beautiful piece of Ardmore home to admire forever!

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