Own ceramic art

2010-10-28 00:00

IF YOU, like me, have long wished to own a piece of Ardmore ceramic art, then this weekend is your chance to do just that.

The Caversham-based artists’ collective is hosting its annual Ardmore Artists’ Festival and Gallery Sale from 10.30 am on Saturday, and there will be plenty of collectables on sale at reduced prices.

“We want to bring our work to people at a price they can afford,” Ardmore founder, Fee Halsted, said. “We will also be having some lucky draws at the till, so if you dip into the box and pull out one of our special tickets, you might just get the piece you want to buy for free.”

Ardmore has been hosting its artists’ festivals since it opened the Bonnie Ntshalintshali Museum in 2008. The aim of the event is to honour Ardmore’s artists, both past and present, and to provide the painters and sculptors with the skills to understand what it takes to stage and market an exhibition.

This year, for the first time, the artists will be making, exhibiting and selling their own work. They will be able to keep the proceeds of the sales made on the day, aside from a small percentage which will be donated to the families of Ardmore artists who have died.

Each of the artists has created their own theme for the exhibition. Sculptor Petros Gumbi said everyone at Ardmore was really looking forward to Saturday’s event. “We’re excited. It’s given us the chance to have new ideas and to create new works,” he added.

Aside from the selling exhibition, visitors can also buy one of the specially made teapots, which commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Ardmore, and look at a new range of functional art, including exquisite dinner services. There will also be a number of artist demonstrations to show just what it takes to make an Ardmore piece.

For more information phone 033 234 4869.

How to get there: Take the Howick/Tweedie off-ramp from the N3, then turn left if you are coming from Pietermaritzburg, right if you are coming from Johannesburg. At the T-Junction, turn right onto the R103, travel for about seven kilometres (past Piggly Wiggly), then turn right onto the Caversham Road. Travel for six kilometres, go over a narrow bridge and then turn right into Ardmore.

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