Updated: Jan 24, 2022
Founder and Creative Director of Ardmore Fée Halsted is a passionate, award-winning artist and academic from the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Ardmore is a hugely successful ceramics company and is known for their quirky, colourful designs, which feature in leading galleries and collections.
Fee’s first ever student was Bonnie Ntshalintshali, daughter of their housekeeper, whose polio meant that she couldn’t partake in any general work. Fée and Bonnie quickly developed a synergy and under Fée’s mentorship, Bonnie’s natural skills as an artist blossomed. Five years later, in 1990, Fée and Bonnie were jointly awarded the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award.
With this success came the demands of creating ceramics for their exhibition, so Fée offered other local women the opportunity to train at Ardmore, producing pieces to generate income for the fledgling studio, which led it to be the thriving business it is now.
Fée was honoured with a doctorate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2016.
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