Thursday, April 30, 2009
Admore Ceramics in South Africa produces some of the most magical and exotic ceramics I have ever seen. Started in 1985 by Fee Halsted and later with her assistant Bonnie Ntshalintshali, within five years Fèe and Bonnie had jointly won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award and their work was being shown in galleries internationally. It also drew many more artisans wanting to learn the techniques and earn a living being part of the studios. The two studios Ardmore Berg and Ardmore Caversham provide the infrastructure for a large and diverse group of self-employed artists. They are given training, direction, materials, equipment, a place in which to work and a guaranteed market for every piece of artwork completed. The artists from the Ardmore studio have over the years won numerous awards and exhibited widely both in South Africa and around the world.