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Fée Halsted: pioneering artist & mentor

Fée Halsted: pioneering artist & mentor

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Ardmore are proud to now be showcasing our works at Xigera. 

Fée Halsted, Founder and Creative Director of Ardmore, mentors an exceptional group of artists to help them find their self-worth and confidence to create quirky yet elegant one-of-a-kind artworks in ceramic.

and confidence to create quirky yet elegant one-of-a-kind artworks in ceramic.

Fée explains that Ardmore was founded because 'I moved to the farm Ardmore in the central Drakensberg and began teaching rural people to work in ceramics. In 1990, Bonnie Ntshalintshali and I jointly won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award and slowly more and more artists joined our studio. Over the years we grew organically, winning awards and exhibiting across the globe.' Today, the studio houses 80 African artists and Ardmore is celebrated as an international brand. 'Our work is uniquely African,' says Fée.

Here, we speak to Fée and find out what is behind the beautiful talent that motivates, supports and encourages so many emerging artists…

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A day working with artists, creating beautiful works of art.

What is your greatest fear?
Losing a child.

Which living person do you most admire?
David Attenborough.

What historical figure do you most identify with?
Bodicea.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My three children.

What is your greatest extravagance?
A trip to the bush for at least 10 days.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Yes you can, well done, keep it up and shine.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My Great Dane Bella.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A cup of tea with my legs hanging over the arm of my easy chair, with two dachshunds lying on the other arm of the chair and Bella at my feet, watching a good movie.

What is your most marked characteristic?
Passion.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being awarded an honorary doctorate from my university.

What is your favourite journey?
A trip to the Savuti Botswana with my sister.

What is your greatest regret?
Not having a fourth child.

What is your most treasured possession?
My mother’s signate ring.

Where would you like to live?
Here at Caversham.

What is your favourite occupation?
Horse-riding.

When and where were you happiest?
In my garden or lying in bed listening to the rivers.

Which talent would you most like to have?
Being able to sing.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would like a flatter stomach.

What is your motto?
Never give up!

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Tanzanite Launch

Tanzanite Launch

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Our Tanzanite colourway has resonated with Ardmore collectors around the world, inspiring our designers to find new ways to share the joy that it brings.

We now present the latest variation on this theme: cool, crisp linen fabric in our fresh ‘Monkey Bean’ design, featuring sensuous blooms and exotic creatures.

 The Tanzanite palette calls to mind sea blues,  aquamarines, sun-kissed yellows and foamy whites. Colours that remind us of distant shores, warm sunny days and big African skies.

With the Easter holidays just around the corner, our thoughts are turning once again to the coast: picnics, salty skin and wheeling seagulls.

After enduring the closure of our country’s beaches during lockdown, the waves are calling to us more beguilingly than ever. It’s time to go down to the sea again, and to celebrate freedom and unforgettable family moments.

 

     

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    Silver Lining

    Silver Lining

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    We are saddened that this year’s Cellars Exhibition in Cape Town has had to be cancelled and we can not enjoy meeting our friends and collectors at the Relais & Chateaux Cellars-Hohenort, but we will be with you in heart and spirit and would love to share the joy and pleasure Ardmore brings with our dynamic creativity. 

     

    From February 18th to March 18th, our Silver Linings Online Exhibition will feature creations inspired by animals known for their resilience in adverse times. Join us in lighting a flame of hope for better days to come.

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    Celebrating with a pop Ardmore flagship store

    Celebrating with a pop Ardmore flagship store

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    We celebrated the new year with a pop by welcoming 2021 with the opening of our Johannesburg flagship store at Hyde Square centre. We welcome you to explore our eclectic mix of ceramic art and decor items curated with style. 
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    WMODA, A Safari For The Soul

    WMODA, A Safari For The Soul

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    WMODA will be hosting A Safari For The Soul featuring Ardmore at the Weiner Museum Of Decorative Arts from November 18th to December 16th. This exquisite showcase of Ardmore's vibrant artworks will delight viewers.
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    Watch our Ardmore lockdown story - it's goosebumps material!

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    Ardmore artist crafting sculpture

    The World Came Together As The People Stayed Apart

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    Everyday life has undergone dramatic changes over the past few months. That holds a true for people around the globe.
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    Sabie Sofa 2020

    Sabie Sofa 2020

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    Ardmore designers have given us two signature limited edition sofas with the launch of our Sabie fabric collection 2020
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    Save the Date

    Save the Date

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    We request the pleasure of your company to the launch of our latest Sabie Fabric and Ceramic Collection.

    Join Fee Halsted and the Ardmore Artists for a slide show presentation from 11:00 - 12:00 on Thursday 13th February at the Cellars - Hohenort in Cape Town.

    The exhibition will run from 13-16 February 2020 9:00am - 6:00pm.

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    Run Away with Us

    Run Away with Us

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    Adorn your table with our marvelous Zambezi Table Runners. We have an array of beautiful new designs, colours and sizes, perfect for any table setting, season or gift. 
    Click here to view our full range.
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    Ardmore's 2019 Collector's Item

    Ardmore's 2019 Collector's Item

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    In true Ardmore fashion our delightful Velvet Zebra Cushion reveals the hands of several artists, including the crafters of the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust who have added traditional Zulu beading and embroidery, resulting in this luxurious and rich home accessory.

    Click here to order this luxurious textured cushion. 
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    Magnificent Monkey Urns

    Magnificent Monkey Urns

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    Thabo Mbele and Mandla Ngwenya created this magnificent pair of monkey urns with frolicking families of primates featuring African Sabi Lilies and Baobab Flowers.

    Enjoy the theatre of the bush and view the intricate detail by clicking here.

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    Mother's Day at Ardmore

    Mother's Day at Ardmore

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    Make Mother's Day memorable this May with the perfect Ardmore gift that will express your love, respect and gratitude to your one and only mom.

    We have collected our favourite items for easy shopping this Mother's Day. Click here to shop.
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    Easter Affair at Ardmore

    Easter Affair at Ardmore

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    This month why not join us at our Ardmore stores in Johannesburg and the Midlands to celebrate Easter? Come and enjoy a complementary Easter treat with a tour of our latest products. Join us from 9 - 13th April, 9am - 3pm.

    Click here to see directions to our JHB store in Hyde Park.

    Click here to see directions to our Midlands store.

     

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    Ardmore & Visi Collaborates

    Ardmore & Visi Collaborates

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    This month, Ardmore is excited to celebrate Visi's 100th edition of South Africa’s most beautiful magazine. Ardmore’s fabric range covers the limited February/March edition, giving readers a truly tactile and interactive experience of our luxury lifestyle brand.

    We are giving away 10 Corporate Collectors boxes (worth more than R3000 each) packed with amazing South African luxury products

    To get your hands on one of these sold out Collectors edition boxes: 
    1. Purchase a tea towel online by clicking here (you will automatically be entered). 
    OR
    2. Post an image of your favourite tea towel on Instagram or Facebook, follow us, tag us and three friends @ardmore (Instagram) or @worldofardmore (Facebook) with the hashtag #ardmorexvisi.

    *Winners will be announced on 5 April 2019 on our Instagram account
    (competition to run from 1 - 31 March 2019)*

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