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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery

Pot

ca. 1957 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Stoneware, glazed
Brief Description
Pot by Ladi Kwali, stoneware with brown and green glaze, Nigeria, 1957.
Physical Description
Stoneware pot with brown and grey underlay.
Dimensions
  • Height: 30cm
  • (Greatest, approx.) width: 34cm
  • Circumference: 107cm (Note: Dimensions confirmed 17/08/21)
Gallery Label
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
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.114-1958

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record createdNovember 11, 2002
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