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Our Tea Towel Collection

Our Tea Towel Collection

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Inspired by Fée's love and habit of collecting Tea Towels, Ardmore is happy to announce the launch of four different vibrantly designed kitchen Tea Towels. The perfect gifting item!
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River love sofa

The River Love sofa

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The River Love sofa created by Heino Schmitt Design, featuring Ardmore's River Chase Moonlight Velvet fabric, has been nominated for the most beautiful object at the Design Indaba for 2019.
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L'Ormarins Queen's Plate

L'Ormarins Queen's Plate

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Ardmore was proud to present Gaynor Rupert’s winning horse, Princess Irene with the Ardmore trophy and blanket at the L'Ormarins Queen's PlateRacin
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Hendricks & Ardmore Collaborate

Hendricks & Ardmore Collaborate

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Hendricks G & T have collaborated with Ardmore in a perfect marriage of style, class and elegance. Gin and Tonic has become the drink of choice for many; we have gone one step further with this brilliantly unique gin, incorporating a range of eclectic hand-crafted goblets designed for that eureka end result by our master artist and craftsmen
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African Luxury Giving This Festive Season

African Luxury Giving This Festive Season

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The gift of giving this Festive Season and beyond is brave and bold with a range of bespoke creations specifically designed with the discerning homeowner uppermost in mind. 
The splendours of Africa have been fashioned to perfection in tune with nature on so many levels, inspired by Mother Nature and wildlife both locally and abroad. 
Let Ardmore inspire you this holiday and beyond with tables that will draw gasps of admiration. It boils down to three simple words – African Luxury Giving. 
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Ardmore's Own Wonderwoman

Ardmore's Own Wonderwoman

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In celebration of Woman's month we would like to introduce our very own Wonder woman, Nombulelo Happiness Sibisi. Happiness has been with Ardmore for 13 years and has become an integral part of the Ardmore team. Her love for each piece as well as the artists always shines through in her work ethic.

In 2010, Happiness travelled to Miami in the U.S as well as to Russia, which experiences she says she will treasure forever.

We asked Happiness to give other single mothers, like herself, some motivation: “The advice I can give to women, especially women from my society (with a poor background like myself) is to never look down on yourself, always pursue your dreams, never be scared to start a new challenge no matter how hard it looks. We as women may look soft on the outside but we have the strongest inner-strength. Let’s use this gift to full-fill our dreams and carry on doing the best for our homes and our families. I say the sky is the limit, there is nothing to stop us, lets us not allow even poverty to stop us from doing what we love and what we believe in.”
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Ardmore goes on Safari

Ardmore goes on Safari

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Ardmore Artists are excited to be creating for another fabulous Charles Greig Exhibition at Hyde Park, Johannesburg. This years theme features 'Safari Romances', traveling across Africa to experience the bushveld and its majestic creatures.

Come and marvel at this spectacular Safari exhibition from 16 August - 5 September. View the magnificent collection here.
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A New Addition...

A New Addition...

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Our newest addition to the Ardmore tableware collection includes a range of placemats and coasters, celebrating the beautiful Ardmore artists designs. The Coasters (set of four) and placemats (set of two) are packaged beautifully and make for a perfect gift!
 
(Only available at the Ardmore store and selected South African outlets)
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Mandela Day at Ardmore

Mandela Day at Ardmore

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Ardmore took to Khaya community centre in Johannesburg 18 July to celebrate Nelson Mandela day in true Ardmore spirit. As our ties are strong with Khaya centre and their community based work, which we support through our collaborating efforts of the umSisi Collectors' Tea canister collection, we thought it would be the opportune time  for our team to meet the centre's beneficiaries. Our team spent a fun day painting the children's faces and playing with them.
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An Ardmore inspired dinner table

An Ardmore inspired dinner table

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Our friend, blogger and interior enthusiast, Stacie Flinner, created a gorgeous Summer table setting in true Ardmore style! The table setting included our eminent Monkey Paradise table cloth in Sundowner, our Feather napkins in Coral and Bush bandits’ napkins in frost amongst our iconic Lovebird Leopards scatter cushions in Tanzanite. The table was iced by two Ardmore ceramic candlesticks, which ties the table together beautifully!

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Have a cuppa for a good cause

Have a cuppa for a good cause

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We’ve once again teamed up with Orange Babies to help them in their fight against HIV/AIDs. We have collaborated with Yswara, who make extraordinary, ethically and beautifully packaged African teas, to create the umSisi Collectors' Tea canister in support  of the charity. 

UmSisi is the sacred African Lucky Bean tree believed to have both medicinal and magical properties. All profits of the purchase of this collectors' tea are donated to Orange Babies to raise funds and awareness for their ongoing projects. This limited edition black tea is only available at our Hyde Square store in Johannesburg. Find out more about Orange Babies here.

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Voyage Of Discovery opens in London

Voyage Of Discovery opens in London

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After a hugely successful show in Cape Town, Ardmore Ceramic Art's latest exhibition, Voyage Of Discovery, opens in London tomorrow (17th May). If you are in the capital, do make a date to see this wonderful collection of artworks, from intrepid monkeys to hot-air ballooning hippos, all of which will be on display alongside Ardmore Design's Zambezi sofa, new table linens, fabrics and cushions. The exhibition runs until Sunday 27th May in the beautiful surroundings of Patrick Mavros’ flagship Fulham Road store. Don't miss it!

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Ardmore adds African luxe to Design Joburg

Ardmore adds African luxe to Design Joburg

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Design and decor lovers will head to Design Joburg at the Sandton Convention Centre in a few week’s time to see the leading lights in South African design. The premier interiors event is in its second year and we’re thrilled to have teamed up with the show’s creative directors, Andrea Kleinloog and Megan Hesse, along with Hendrick’s Gin to bring you the ultimate Gin Bar. We’ve transformed an area of the show into an uber-glam place to wile away the hours or to make a quick pit-stop between browsing the exhibits. Featuring our River Chase design, the cocktail lounge screams African luxe. If you're planning a visit to the event, make sure to stop by!

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Meet the Artists: Betty Ntshingila

Meet the Artists: Betty Ntshingila

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In the second of our Meet The Artists series, we focus on Ardmore Ceramic Art’s mother hen Betty Ntshingila. Betty’s latest works will be on show at the Voyage Of Discovery exhibition at Patrick Mavros' flagship London store next month. 

Betty was born in 1962 in Loskop, Emangweni, in KwaZulu-Natal. On leaving school she worked as a domestic worker on a farm in the Champagne Valley, close to the original Ardmore studio. She then built mud and daub houses near the town of Estcourt.

In 2002, Betty was introduced to Ardmore by sculptor Nhlanhla Nsundwane, as a way to support her family of six children. She began her sculpting career under Nhlanhla’s mentorship.

Betty’s skills as a female sculptor are unusual at Ardmore, yet she has found her niche and excelled in the traditionally male-dominated sculpture studio. Her caring and nurturing instincts are reflected in her work and her maternal traits are seen in her choice of subject matter: birds and bees all busy with life’s chores, building nests, laying eggs and feeding their offspring.

She is a special person and her pieces always reflect her kind and warm nature. She loves creating elephants and birds, especially owls. Her main inspiration is “imvelo”, which is Zulu for nature.

In May 2011, Betty accompanied Fée and painter Punch Shabalala to a symposium entitled Clay: The Art of Earth & Fire at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, United States, where her talent was applauded. This trip proved to be a life-changing experience for Betty.

Betty says: “I am happy to be at Ardmore. It gives me fresh ideas every day and now I have experience in my art… I went to the USA and I was inspired by what I saw there.”

She continues to produce wonderful and inspiring work for Ardmore and is looking forward to her work being exhibited when Voyages sails to London next month. View some of her work here.

 

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Tis the season to… update your home

Tis the season to… update your home

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We adjust our wardrobes with the change of season, so it makes sense to tweak our interiors, too. While warmer months signal a desire for brighter colours and the great outdoors, winter months herald hibernation, nesting at home under a sea of blankets and indulging in comfort food. 

It’s easy to make a few small tweaks to your home in order to embrace a particular time of year - for example choose different textiles to suit the seasons: light and fresh linens for summer or luxurious velvets in winter. Swap linen scatters for silks and velvets and you’ll create an inviting space to wile away the chillier months.

A darker palette makes for a cosy ambience, while brights mirror what’s happening in nature when the sun shines. Roll out rugs in colder months and enjoy floorboards and bare feet in the summer. When daylight is in short supply, make the most of table lamps, candles and dimmer switches.

Set your table to reflect the time of year: our Bird Fynbos tablecloth will look wonderful in the springtime, while Leopard Lily in Frost from our Zambezi range will make any dining room a feast for the eyes when the nights draw in.

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