Studio pottery in Nigeria is about half a century old, many articles have been written on the contemporary pottery development in Nigeria and they all point to the fact that the studio pottery took off from one common source: the Abuja Pottery Experiment which was started by the British potter Michael Cardew, courtesy of his appointment as pottery officer by the then Northern Nigerian Government. It was an experiment which involved a training that synthesized traditional values with the European way of pottery production. It was referred to elsewhere as Anglo-Nigeria studio pottery. It became apparent that Abuja Pottery Workshop Experiment was unique to the extent that it brought studio pottery in Nigeria to global attention. Abuja pottery Training Center as it was, became the reference point of historians in the narration of contemporary pottery in Nigeria. However, a fact has been undermined, that the experiment was more impactful in the Northern part of the country than the Southern part; previous studies discussed the emergent studio pottery culture in Nigeria in unison. This study therefore examines the extent to which Anglo-Nigeria studio pottery culture has evolved in the country; it also attempts to establish that the evolved studio pottery culture brought about some of the differences that characterized the Northern Nigerian and Southern Nigeria Studio pottery cultures.
|Keywords:||Studio Pottery, Anglo-Nigeria, Michael Cardew|
Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Design, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria
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