Anglo-Nigeria Studio Pottery Culture: A Differential Factor in Studio Pottery Practice between Northern and Southern Nigeria

By Tolulope Lawrence Akinbogun.

Published by The Arts Collection

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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

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp.87-98. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.809MB).

Dr. Tolulope Lawrence Akinbogun

Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Design, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria

Tolulope Lawrence Akinbogun (B.A. Ceramic Design, M.A. Industrial Design, PhD Industrial Design) is an Associate Professor and Acting Head of Department of Industrial Design, Federal University of Technology, Akure Nigeria. A pioneering staff of the Department of Industrial Design, Akinbogun has taught Ceramic Design at the University since 1992. He is a member of the following Professional Associations: Ceramic Association of Nigeria (CerAN), Craft Potters Association of Nigeria (CPAN), Nigerian Society of Education through Art (NSEA), Society of Nigerian Artist (SNA). American Ceramic Society (ACerS), International Society of Ceramic art Education and exchange (ISCAEE). He attended the Clay Festival ’06 organized by Ceramics Southern Africa September 2006 at University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He also attended and presented a paper at the International InSEA Symposium in Heidelberg Germany in July 2007. Through a grant from the British Council, he attended and actively participated in the International Symposium of Ceramics Education and Exchange organized by International Society of Ceramics Education and Exchange (ISCAEE) and hosted at University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham United Kingdom in October 2007.

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