KWAZULU NATAL, SOUTH AFRCIA | DESIGN
Ardmore, named after the first farm where Fée Halsted, the founder, lived on in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, embodies African elegance.
After graduating in Fine Arts at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Fée's first student was Bonnie Ntshalintshali, the daughter of a farm employee. Bonnie had survived polio as a child – a condition that had left her too weak to undertake physical farm work, but which had done nothing to stunt her imagination or artistic talent. The success of Bonnie encouraged other members of her family to receive artistic lessons.
These farmers, with a deeply rooted sense of connection to the place and a real affinity for the landscapes and creatures of Africa, became the heart of what is today South Africa's largest and most renowned ceramics and design studio.
Ardmore Design can be seen as a compromise of local artisans, a fusion of Western ceramic techniques, the Zulu folklore, and their gift for design and balance. Above all, Ardmore is a story of family, encounters and transmission and a one to colours, african elegance and lfie.
Ardmore's exciting diversity has been approved by Christie's, London, as a "modern collector's item".