Fèe Halsted-Berning opened the first Bonnie Ntshalintshali Museum at the Rosetta Studio in March 2003. It was dedicated to the memory of Bonnie and many other artists at Ardmore who died as a result of the Aids pandemic. It was the first Museum in South Africa to be dedicated to a black woman artist. The opening was attended by her parents Janet and Gwen Ntshalintshali and her son Senzo Ntshalintshali.
The museum was moved to Ardmore Caversham and re-opened in 2008. The Museum now houses 3 collections of work, one that shows the progression of the style of the studio, illustrated through the work of the major artists who have worked at Ardmore over the years. Another collection focuses on HIV/AIDS and was created as part of an awareness and education program. Finally there is a collection of works that capture the oral archive of the Zulu artists. These depict important cultural and historic events such as a wedding ceremony or the famous Zulu battles.
The intention of the museum is to become an educational and research centre for young artists who will find inspiration in studying some of the most beautiful pieces of Ardmore ceramic art produced over the past twenty years.
Visitors to the museum will be shown traditional Zulu pottery and the stages in the development of Ardmore ceramics. As Fèe says: "The fine art sculptures and exciting ceramics thrown and painted by the artists at Ardmore, far exceed anything I could have imagined when I started with Bonnie twenty years ago."
For more understanding of the work currently being produced by the studio you can read about our Decorative Collectable and Fine Art collections.
“The Bonnie Ntshalintshali Museum taught the Ardmore artists the honouring and longevity of fellow artists. It changed their perception as to their own importance as artists not curio crafts people.”
Fèe Halsted-Berning founder of Ardmore Ceramic Art