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C is for Crocodile
Crocodiles are such improbable creatures! And yet they truly exist. Lewis Carroll was a master at creating fascinating creatures while weaving the magical tales of Alice's adventures. But he didn't have to make up the Crocodile!
This beautiful jug is exquisitely and uniquely shaped - embellished with three deftly painted crocodiles.
Heirloom quality fine ceramic art that will be passed down for generations to come.
Size: 6 in (H) x 10.5 in (W) x 5 in (D)
|Kenneth Nkosinathi/Msomi||Mandela-enkosi Ngwenya|
Kenneth Msomi whose Zulu name Nkosinathi means "God is with us" was born in 1979 in Estcourt Emangweni area.
He says: "I am a sculptor and I make many animals. I love starting my own shapes from scratch rather than adding on to what another artist or thrower has designed. To start my own shape makes me proud as I get to show my own unique talent.
"I specialise in trays and platters. Ardmore has taught me a lot and that's what I love the most about Ardmore. And the fact that Ardmore pieces are the best ceramics makes me love it even more.
Says Fee Halsted: "Kenneth has become known for his elegant platters and moulded dishes that are collected by people across the world. His work has been exhibited internationally and is collected worldwide".
Before he came to Ardmore, Mandla worked at Nivek Ceramics and Into-Art in Johannesburg. He joined Ardmore in June 2012, having been introduced to Fee Halsted by Ardmore painter, Sidney Nyabeze.
Mandla is extremely talented and paints most of the Ardmore Design Collection functional ware.
Says Fee: "I have absolute faith that Mandla will be a superstar at Ardmore. He revels in his creativity".
Mandla says: "What I really love about Ardmore is that it's a well-known name throughout the entire world with creative artists and it has a very high standard of artwork. It also allows the artists to create their own styles and I really admire that.
In 2012, when the Ardmore Fabrics and Book was launched at Charles Greig in Hyde Park, Mandla painted a large monkey sculpture in fabric patterns as a mascot for the Grand Carnival. It symbolises the wit and humour that we associate with Ardmore Ceramics.
Through 2013 Mandla's painting blossomed and Fee's predictions have come true. Today he has become one of Ardmore's superheroes. His painting can be recognised by his use of indigenous Zimbabwean flora.
From The Monkeys and Magnolia Show at Patrick Mavros in London, Mandla's exquisite Gennet Cat Urns winged their way to a top New York collector where they have found pride of place in a Brooklyn home.
For the Great Herds of Africa Exhibition in Cape Town in early 2014, Mandla painted a magnificent pair of Rhino and Leopard Urns in a similar style.