Date: February 04, 2019 to February 04, 2019
Where: Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts, 481 South Federal Hwy, West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Event Type: Arts & Theater
Ticket Price: N/A
The Ardmore exhibition is one of our most popular ones. Come find out why our guests fall in love with our zany zebras, gentle giraffes and humble hippos. Ardmore is a thriving artist community creating unique ceramics in the Natal Midlands of South Africa. The studio was founded by Fée Halsted in 1985 when she moved to a remote farm and began teaching local people how to model and paint pottery. Originally Fée worked with Bonnie Ntshalintshali, the daughter of the farm's housekeeper, and they quickly developed a creative synergy. Their collaboration drew national attention when they won the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist award in 1990. Soon Bonnie's family and friends were drawn to Ardmore to learn from Fée and earn a living creating ceramic art. Some of the imagery is drawn from the deep affliction of the HIV-AIDS pandemic, which has taken many lives at Ardmore. The sale of their wonderful works uplifts the Ardmore community and their families as the artists are paid per piece and have a guaranteed market for their endeavors. The success of the Ardmore artists has given them a special status and they are known as the "Isigiwili" - the fortunate ones - working in the spirit of "Ubuntu" - "we are because of others."