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Aberystwyth University
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Display artist/maker:

Ladi Kwali

Born: 1925, Africa, Nigeria   Died: 1984

Ceramicist. Ladi Kwali was the leading Nigerian potter of Abuja Pottery Training Centre set up in 1951 by the British potter Michael Cardew (1901-1983). Long before she came to work with Cardew she had gained recognition as one of the finest traditional Gwari potters but when she came to Abuja she learned to throw pots and work in completely new techniques. She is however, noted for her distinctive marriage of Gwari forms and imagery with a high-fired glazed, stoneware body. During the 1960s she became one of the leading names in studio pottery through her work and through her tours with Michael Cardew in Britain, Europe and America where she demonstrated traditional hand-building and decorating. In 1962 she was awarded an MBE and later an honorary doctorate from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The pottery was renamed the Ladi Kwali Pottery in her memory

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

C2064 Ceramics

[Bowl] C1178 Ceramics

[Jar] C1411 Ceramics

[Shallow Bowl] C1956 Ceramics