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M is for Millipede
Millipedes are useful little decomposers who benefit forests all over the world. Apparently, they make terrific pets. Contrary to popular belief they do not have 1,000 legs. The highest number of millipede legs ever counted is 750.
Not a direct relative of the Caterpillar in Wonderland but, hey, close enough!
This beautifully rendered bowl is a wonderful example with the fascination many Ardmore artists have for the natural world. And how adept they are at representing the flora and fauna they encounter!
Size: 5 in (H) x 13 in (W) x 13 in (D)
Weight: 2.5 lb
Victor Shabalala was born in 1973 on Ardmore Farm in the Champagne Valley of KwaZulu-Natal.¬¨‚Ä†Over time he¬¨‚Ä†developed into one of Ardmore‚Äö√Ñ√¥s leading sculptors.
Victor, a passionate, highly confident artist, enjoyed working with the plasticity of clay. His talent earned him a Merit Award at the annual Absa L‚Äö√Ñ√¥Atelier competition (2009) and a prize at the KZN Regional Show (2011).
His highly inventive and challenging sculptures often represented the darker side of an unknown world. Big-eyed frogs, chameleons, lizards, snakes and crocodiles ‚Äö√Ñ√¨ creatures which are associated with the underworld in Zulu mythology ‚Äö√Ñ√¨ all featured in his work.
Victor‚Äö√Ñ√¥s unusual pieces were included in Ardmore exhibitions around the world, and he accompanied F‚àö¬©e Halsted, founder of Ardmore Ceramic Art, to London in 2005.
His kudu being attacked by a leopard jug was selected for the Korean Biennale and was exhibited on African Forms in 2014.¬¨‚Ä†While still contributing to Ardmore, Victor is now an independent, freelance artist.