Wednesday, June 6, 2012
For a visiting potter being in Ghana is like letting a kid loose in a candy store. There is so much to sample. Ghana has 10 regions and each has it's own pottery traditions.
Michael Cardew, a well know British potter, worked in Ghana from 1943-1948 establishing a workshop at Vume. Vume is still a thriving pottery center and on our list of places to visit.
Here is a link to a story I wrote years ago when I went to study with Mami Akua. This traditional village is still on our itinerary. http://www.studiopotter.org/articles/?art=art0011
It is encouraging to see the pottery tradition continued, although on occasion one encounters plastic shopping bags where pots once sat.
Are you a potter or interested in traditional African pottery? You can sign up for our (infrequent) mailing list at http://www.culturalcollaborative.org and we'll keep you informed about our workshops.