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Tuesday, January 7, 2014


(These Giraffe Riders are some of the beautiful work created by Ardmore Ceramics)

The Ardmore artists, inspired by Fee Halsted, have created an amazing body of work dedicated to and hopefully raising awareness of the diminishing herds of this beautiful but plundered continent. Fee, Petros Gumbi and Alex Sibanda have paid tribute to the 300 elephant that were poisoned this past year in Hwange National Park by creating beautiful elephant families left unglazed in their cream state, invoking memories of ancient ivory carvings that now shame us into action against this needless material desire to own a carved tusk.

Closer to home, in the stunning world heritage site of the Drakensburg, wardens from the parks board informed this Christmas that the eland herds are rapidly diminishing because of gambling parties that arrive with expensive hunting dogs in the night. These beautiful antelope, always closely related to the spiritual history of the San people, mean that another part of South Africa’s heritage will soon no longer be seen grazing on the grasslands of KZN. There has also been an Ardmore focus on the majestic eland with creations by Sondelani Ntshalintshali and Sabelo Khosa.

With Bennet Zondo and Senzo Duma, Fee remembers the vast herds of sable and roan antelope on the family’s Matetsi ranch in Zimbabwe, now only a nostalgic memory.
Betty Ntshingila has chosen to sculpt wildebeest and the Cape buffalo whilst Somandla Ntshalintshali and Siyabonga Mabaso have taken us back to shimmering lakes of pink flamingo.

The exhibition will be launched at Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, Constantia in Cape Town from February 20 to 23.

Fee Halsted will conduct two slide show talks: Ardmore and the Artists on February 22 and 23 at 11h00 and guests may enjoy a lunch in the Cellars vineyard.

More information from Catherine Berning at Ardmore Ceramics on email: