Birds and flowers abound in many areas of the African continent.
This traditional format jug is transformed into an object of true beauty by the realistically rendered birds and flowers that perch on the handle and climb it's sides.
Whether you use it as a beautiful way to bring water to the dining table, or as an "al fresco" wine jug, this beautiful piece of fine ceramic will delight your guests.
Dimensions: 7 inches x 6 inches x 3.5 inches
Maker / Sculptor: Sbusiso Ndaba
Sbusiso was born on the 15th of March, 1984. Sbusiso, the Zulu word for ‘Blessing’, is the son of Betty Ntshingila, one of Ardmore’s famous sculptors at Ardmore. After finishing grade 7 at Mountain View School, he was encouraged to join Ardmore in 2000 by Ardmore artist, Nhlanhla Nsudwane.
Says Fée Halsted: “Sibusiso is one of the most talented and creative sculptors Ardmore has seen. As a youngster he enjoyed coming to the Ardmore studio in the Berg, but his sporadic attendance indicated that he was not serious about his art. It gives me great joy to discover that our Betty is his mother and Sibusiso is back working in the clay room with us again. I now understand where his talent comes from.”
Sbusiso excels at reptilian and aquatic sculptures, imaginative teapots that always create interest at Ardmore’s major exhibitions and are snapped up by collectors.
Painter: Allan Ndlovu
Allan was born on the 5th of January 2005 in Northdale Hospital, Pietermaritzburg.
He attended Eastwood School, but left due to an unsettled life at his family home and started working at a carwash.
He came to Howick in 2010 to visit an aunt, which is when he met Sthabiso Hadebe, a painter at Ardmore.
Three years later, Allan decided that he wanted to pursue a career at Ardmore, and asked Sthabiso to introduce him to Fée Halsted.
Allan says: “I am happy to be in the world of art, and thank Fée for helping me, to improve myself as an artist.”
In 2016, Allan found his niche as a colourist and is now recognised for his own stylised and graphic-like imagery.
With the launch of the Cole & Son wallpaper in 2017, Allan worked closely on the wallpaper design ‘Acacia’.
His pieces are much admired and have proved popular with international buyers.
If you'd like to learn more about the beautiful Birds of Africa, we highly recommend this video by Expoza Travel - The World Of Birds (Africa). We were amazed at the variety and beautiful colours of African birds.