Fauna and flora ceramic exhibition

Cellars Hohenort boutique assistant Tracy-Lynn Hardy points to the spots in the artwork of an Ardmore ceramic teapot.

The Great Zambezi exhibition by Ardmore Ceramic Arts at Cellars Hohenort in Constantia from tomorrow, Friday February 17 until Sunday February 19, was inspired by a diversity of fauna and flora such as lions and leopards creeping through lush jungle, flame lilies and Scadoxus and flocks of brightly coloured birds.

Ardmore Ceramic Arts work has been sold at Christies, Sotheby’s and Bonham’s in London and to collectors in New York, Los Angeles and Paris. This is the fourth time it is being hosted at Cellars Hohenort, said hotel general manager Dominic Prendergast. In the hotel’s boutique and holding a ceramic unicorn, Mr Prendergast explained that each piece is made by three people, the turner, the sculpture and the painter. “They were farmworkers, with a flare for art,” he said.

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

The Great Zambezi exhibition is inspired by Fee’s travels through parts of Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, the river and its fauna and flora imaginatively realised in ceramics.

Boutique assistant Tracy-Lynn said the Cellars will also host the first view of a new range of wallpaper by the British based company Cole & Son who have collaborated with Ardmore to create the colourful range.

Talks will conducted by Fee Halsted on all three days.

For more information about The Great Zambezi exhibition contact Clint Pavkovich at clint@ard
moreceramics.co.za or visit www.ardmoreceramics.co.za