The story of Ardmore begins almost thirty years ago when in 1985 Fée Halsted started on a journey teaching ceramics to a talented group of rural people on a farm in a remote corner of the Kwazulu-Natal province, South Africa.
At the turn of the decade, Ardmore celebrated its 25th anniversary that saw the company take a bold step forward with the release of a hugely successful, experimental textile range in 2010. The release of this range sculpting the future of Ardmore Design which would later be launched in 2013, aiming to create a multi-faceted future for the Ardmore name, the artists and Fée’s children, Jonathan, Catherine and Megan Berning. That same year Fée was honoured by the Women’s Campaign International in recognition of her contributions towards empowering women.
Today the bustling Ardmore studio is home to over 70 African artists whose ceramic works have been recognized as modern day collectables by auction houses Christies, Bonham’s and Sotheby’s. Ardmore Design has emerged creating vibrant and elegant fabric collections sought after by leading interior decorators as well as working in collaboration with renowned French fashion house Hermès, producing a line of lavish scarves of the highest quality, and British wallpaper manufacturers Cole and Son.
Ardmore has now proudly earned itself a reputation for its iconic imagery through its uniqueness in its family values and the authenticity that exists at the heart of every artwork.