Ardmore Ceramic Art Studio
Ardmore Ceramic Art Studio is a thriving artist community in the Natal Midlands of South Africa. The studio was founded by Fée Halsted, in 1985, when she moved to a remote farm in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains and began teaching local people how to model and paint pottery. She has helped educate many young artists in South Africa and became one of their sponsors/patrons, along with other charitable organizations with which she has connected them. The Ardmore Ceramic Arts Studio has empowered the local population through skill development and provision of a living wage to artist-makers, thanks to the development of a global market. The AIDS epidemic has taken the lives of many in the community; the horrors of the disease are as tangible in their lives as is the lush beauty of the natural world in which they live. The vessel is a structure to be celebrated to the point of near obliteration with the dynamism of the African jungle and plain. The ecosystem is translated into stylized patterns, sometimes subverting hierarchies of predator and prey. NCC is working with Pasco & Company out of Miami, Florida, to facilitate the exhibition of Ardmore works in Minneapolis.
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