Ardmore Ceramics

In 1985, Fée Halsted collaborated with her apprentice, Bonnie Ntshalintshali, to found Ardmore Ceramics. The pair’s exuberant synergy was the reason for their success, being jointly awarded the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award in 1990.

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Originally on Halsted’s family farm beneath the majestic Drakensberg mountain range, Ardmore Ceramics is now situated in Caversham Valley in the Natal Midlands and has grown to be the largest ceramic art studio in South Africa. Acknowledged by Christie’s as “modern day collectables”, the pieces from Ardmore Ceramics have become valuable investments and invaluable African pieces of functional art. 

The artists of Ardmore Ceramics are a diverse group from various backgrounds ranging from builders, domestic workers, and freedom fighters, but they all have one thing in common, a passion for their art. Be they painters or sculptors, their work is meticulous and beautiful.

Africa Inspired Vase

With its characteristic sandy hue contrasting against a striking tapestry of black stripes, the hoopoe is the inspiration behind this breathtaking vessel....more

African Legend Sculpture

This ceramic rhino takes a rest after a long journey - perhaps even a flight! The artist borrowed patterns from a leopard’s spots to enhance the animal’s trademark horns....more

African Turtle Tureen

When nature inspires art, function and beauty can be achieved....more

Animal Ceramic Teacup and Saucer

It is the work of a leading Basotho sculptor renowned for innovating new forms and realistic renderings of animals....more

Botanical Ceramic Bowl

Make a scene with this playful troop of baboons on a ceramic display bowl....more

Brown Ceramic Bowl

The artist decorated the bowl with the image of an oryx, a species of antelope that wanders the sandy wastelands of Southern Africa. The animals take on another dimension through the sculptor’s imaginative extension of clay....more

Ceramic Bird Tureen

In this tureen, an adult sandgrouse is perched and proud while two of its young enjoy the protection and comfort of its body. Enquire at SouthAfrica.co.za about this exceptional ceramic tureen....more

Classic Ceramic

She safeguards her young and makes a statement about the nature of this piece; this ceramic box was designed, sculpted and painted with the aim of storing your most beloved items under the bird’s wing....more

Collectable Animal Ceramic Urn

The form is the work of a master thrower from Zimbabwe, an artist known for highly collectable functional pieces....more

Collectable Ceramic Teapot

Adding her signature green and black palette is a bestselling Zulu painter. Known for crocodile and zebra themed works, achieved through a meticulous stippling, sponging and scaling technique, her unmistakable motif is immortalised on this imaginative cer...more

Collector's Salt and Pepper Ceramic

This salt and pepper ceramic won’t fail to elicit conversation. After all, how many people boast exclusive tableware made by some of Africa’s most lauded indigenous artists?...more

Elegant Animal Ceramic Teapot

Here, giraffe patterns, coral tree floral designs and traditional patterning are contrasted to create an imaginative one-of-a-kind piece....more

Family Home Ceramic

Find a place in your home for this baboon-clad butter dish from SouthAfrica.co.za....more

Functional Ceramic Dish

Harnessing the essence of this nocturnal creature, whose movements and behaviour are shrouded in mystery....more

Grey Animal Ceramic

In this piece, baboons take a restful posture and in so doing hold the branches for your candles - a suggestion that inspires closeness....more

Indigenous Art Vase

Made by some of the finest African originators, these incredible sandgrouse vases are the exacting collector's dream....more

Intricate Animal Ceramic

All the neutral greys make it easy to place in your house, too....more

Made in Africa Vase

From one of Africa's foremost art studios comes this glorious vase, a collaborative effort by an accomplished Sotho sculptor and Zimbabwean master thrower. A troop of busy baboons is depicted on this majestic vase, complemented by an intricate pattern...more

Painted Ceramic Box

With this ceramic fish eagle box, a hiding place becomes an exhibit....more

Painted Display Bowl

Delicately painted details give the piece a patina-like finish, making it seem as if it’s been in the family for generations....more

Painted Wildlife Sculpture

The sculptor, born in KwaZulu-Natal, communicates the bird’s curiosity by tilting its head - revealing a beady eye. Once handed over to the painter, this ceramic peacock sculpture was given life through a layered, depth-creating gradient of colour. ...more

Wild African Ceramic

They are differentiated by the tone of their hides, but their postures are reflections of each other...more

Wilderness Art Vase

Upon this vessel, an exquisite palette of greens and golds....more

Wilderness Ceramic Urn

This ceramic urn is a fantastical celebration of the baboon’s form, invoking images of African folktales and indigenous superstition....more

Wildlife Ceramic Teapot

The work of a Basotho sculptor and a South African painter with a profound sensitivity for colour...more