Thembi Zikala
Start date: 1991-01-01


Thembi Doris Zikala was born on the 31st August 1965, in Durban. Thembi attended Emangweni Primary School for 7 years, and then on to high school for 2 years. 

Thembi is married and has 3 children. She worked at Sappi Forest for 1 year and then heard about Ardmore from Ottilia Nxumalo. “One day I went to the studio and met many friends like Mavis Shabalala and Sindy Ntshalintshali."

Since Thembi started working at Ardmore there have been big changes in her life. “I always wish that God will keep us for a longer time and help us to grow and keep Ardmore growing.”

Thembi is a tall, shy woman, but her works express an energy. She prefers to work in the traditional full design of her Zulu culture where all her pastel colours are intricately woven into a basket like tapestry of blues and ochres.

In 2009 Thembi with the closure of the 'Berg studio remained in the Champagne Valley area until 2013 when she returned to join her fellow artists at Caversham. Says Fee, "I was delighted to see Thembi return to the fold and we are thrilled to be exhibiting her works at major shows across the globe."



  • Volkskas Exhibition, Durban
  • The Natal Route , Ferguson Fine Art, Johannesburg


  •   The Spirit of our Stories, Print Exhibition, Grahamstown


  • Gallery on Tyrone, Johannesburg


  • Natal Society of Arts exhibition, Durban


  • Meklenberg Groote Schuur, Cape Town


  • State President's Guest House, Bryntirion Estate, Pretoria;
  • Catalyst Gallery, Johannesburg;


  • Exhibition SA Embassy Residence, Bonn, Germany;
  • Marl Concert Hall, Marl, Germany;
  • Exhibition Essen, Germany Exhibition Siegen, Germany;
  • Thyssen Forum Dusseldorf, Germany;
  • Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg


  • Bordeaux St Gallery, Franschhoek, Cape;
  • Gallery on Tyrone, Johannesburg


  • ABSA Bank, Johannesburg


  • International Ceramic Arts Festival, Wales;
  • Hospice Exhibition, Johannesburg;
  • SA Embassy Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


  • Charles Greig Jewellers, Hyde Park, Johannesburg


  • Christie’s exhibition, London


  • Christie’s auction, London;
  • City Arts Council, Edinburgh;


  • Private exhibition, High Commissioner, Highveld, London
  • Christipher Greig, Hyde Park


  • Amaridian Gallery, New York;
  • Private exhibition, High Commissioner, Highveld, London;
  • Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg


  • Christie’s auction, London
  • “Cats of the World”, Charles Greig, Johannesburg


  • Amaridian Gallery, New York;
  • “Wonderful World of Ardmore”, Groote Schuur, Cape Town


  • South Africa House, London


  • Anagama Gallery, Versailles, France;
  • Pascoe & Co, Florida, USA;
  • SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art), Chicago;
  • “Travellers of Africa”, Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg;


  • “Ivory and Ebony”, Cellars-Hohenort, Cape Town;
  • “Clay: The Art of Earth & Fire”, Tremaine Gallery, Connecticut, USA;
  • Hallwyl Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
  • NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) Faire, Johannesburg

  • Eboka Spring Collection, Pretoriaance


  • International Ceramic Show, Ed Pascoe West Palm Beach, USA
  • "Ardmore Aviary" Cellars Hohenhort, Cape Town
  • Les Ceramiques Zouloues Ardmore, Paris
  • "Endangered Animals" Exhibition, Patrick Mavros, London
  • An African Collection, The Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral, Australia
  • Naada Faire Antiques and Collectables, Johannesburg
  • Fabric and Book Launch: "Ardmore, We Are Because of Others," Hermanus
  • Fabric and Book Launch: "Ardmore, We Are Because of Others,"Cellars Hohenhort, Cape Town
  • "Grand Carnival," Fabric and Book Launch: "Ardmore, We Are Because of Others," Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg
  • Ardmore in Luxembourg
  • Ardmore in Mauritius, P.G. Mavros, Terre Rouge
  • Ardmore in Beaune, France
  • Ardmore in Geneva Patrick Mavros Christmas Safari Week, London
  • A Celebration of Zulu Life and Artistry, St Louis, USA
  • Ardmore Australia, Sydney