Today was Womens Day, which meant that I got the day off work - yah. Jess and I decided to go for a drive to the 'Midlands', and visit some of the interesting places along the route. For a long time I've wanted to visit a ceramic studio - called Ardmore.
Here are some pictures of the work that the studio produces - enjoy the feast.
Ceramic vase - photo credit
Each piece is painted with fine detail
some of the pieces are a little frightening - filled with Zulu folklore
and some pieces are a little graphic - no subject in taboo
newly scultured piece - family riding on a hippo
the artists didn't mind us chatting or taking photos - we were amazed at the simple tools they used to scult their pieces.
once the pieces are made - they are given to different artists to paint.
Oh wow - what a place, the work is absolutely amazing. What a feast for the eyes and soul. Here is a link to Ardmore Ceramics. It has a fasinating story and the work is incredible. The founder of Ardmore, was in the gallery and pointed out special and unique pieces to us. We also got to meet some of the artists and talk to them about their art. Jess and I both decided we are definetly going to make this one of our favorite places to visit. There is too much to take in on a first visit and I think several visits are needed.
Bonnie Ntshalintshali Museum photo credit
The museum is dedicated to the very first Ardmore artist - who sadly died of AIDS - much of the work addresses this issue