Raised in Northern Nigeria, Ladi Kwali the great, iconic Nigerian ceramic artist began coiling, creating with the traditional African methods as a child. In 1954 she joined Michael Cardew’s Pottery Training Center in the village of Abjua as its only female potter.
This was a curious paradox as in the villages most potters are women.
There she learned to throw on the wheel and use western high fire kilns. Ladi became Nigeria’s best-known potter, toured the world giving demonstrations and she is now featured on the back of the 20 Naira bill. Her large vessels are highly sought after on major auction sales. The Abuja Pottery Training Center has since been renamed Dr. Ladi Kwali Pottery.
CFile Shop is pleased to offer seven reasonably-priced and rare mugs (although they are really the size of beer steins) that were made by her during the early 1960’s. These can be purchased online through the CFile shop.