Today in Ceramic Art History: Ladi Kwali
As some of our readers may know, Kwali worked with Michael Cardew in the fifties and sixties at at the pottery he set up in Abuja, Nigeria, which was renamed Ladi Kwali Pottery in the early eighties and is no longer in operation. She became a decorated figure in Nigeria, even gracing the back of the 20 Naira bill.
Known internationally, too, she was an inspiration to many, such as Magdalene Odundo, who spent time in Abuja in the early seventies. Winnie Owens-Hart said in her 1997 Studio Potter article, “Inside the Pink House,” (Vol. 26, No. 1) that when Kwali came to the U.S. for the World Crafts Council conference, she “followed her around like a little puppy.”
In addition to the links above, here are a few more resources for learning more about this great potter:
Pitt Rivers Museum video footage of Kwali
The Last Sane Man, a biography of Michael Cardew by Tonya Harrod