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Pot

Pot

  • Place of origin:

    Abuja (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1957 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kwali, Ladi, born 1930 - died 1984 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, glazed

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.114-1958

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 32, shelf 3

Born in Kwali, a northern Nigerian town of the Gwari Yamma people, Ladi Kwali gained international celebrity as a potter in the late 1950s. Like most women in the region, she learned to make traditional coiled pottery at an early age. Her work was much admired by the British potter Michael Cardew, and he invited her to work with him at the government-funded Pottery Training Centre in nearby Abuja. This she did from 1954. Her international reputation followed exhibitions and demonstrations in Britain, Germany, the USA and Canada from 1958 onwards. This pot was made in Abuja around 1957. Though its decoration and coiled construction derive from traditional Nigerian pottery, its stoneware body and glazed surface are the result of Cardew's influence. It was purchased by the Museum from the first exhibition of her work in London, which was held at the Berkeley Galleries in 1958.

Physical description

Stoneware pot with brown and grey underlay.

Place of Origin

Abuja (made)

Date

ca. 1957 (made)

Artist/maker

Kwali, Ladi, born 1930 - died 1984 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, glazed

Dimensions

Height: 30 cm, Width: 34 cm (greatest, approx.), Circumference: 107 cm

Descriptive line

Pot by Ladi Kwali, stoneware with brown and green glaze, Nigeria, 1957.

Labels and date

Pot
Ladi Kwali (1930-84)
Abuja, Nigeria
About 1957

Born in Kwali, a northern Nigerian town of the Gwari Yamma people, Ladi Kwali gained international celebrity as a potter in the late 1950s. The V&A bought this pot at her first London exhibition.

Stoneware, handbuilt, incised and impressed decoration with inlaid slip, transparent glaze

Museum no. Circ.114-1958
Bought from the Berkeley Galleries, London, in 1958
Formerly in the collection of the Circulation Department []

Materials

Stoneware

Categories

Images Online; Black History; Ceramics; Stoneware; Studio Pottery

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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