Traditional Nigerian and Ghanaian Pottery
Come make pots with us! You will learn and explore a technique that has been practiced in the country of Nigeria for centuries. In contrast with western notions of ceramics, students will learn about African art and aesthetic and become familiar with the important role of the vessel in Nigerian culture and also around the world.
Students should be advised that you do not need any prior art or ceramic background for this technique. Although, this is a traditional practice and we want to keep it in its most authentic form and it is a very physical technique can involve a lot of standing, leaning, bending and constant movement. Stretching before class is recommended. Please know your physical boundaries before entering the class.
Instructors: Jihan Thomas and Robin Williams-Turnage
Participants must have a valid Fleisher membership. Please note that our tuition-free classes for adults fill very quickly. If you are considering purchasing a membership in order to register for a tuition-free class, please click “register” to check whether or not the class is full prior to your purchase.
This Monday class is eight weeks long to accommodate the two holidays during winter term, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15) and Presidents’ Day (February 19). This open studio will not be held on these days and there will not be a makeup for the holidays.
What you will learn in this class:
Get an introduction to West African art and aesthetic
Construct a vessel to take home at the end of class
Become proficient in the Traditional Nigerian and Ghanaian Pottery technique
Learn a new non-western ceramic technique
Learn the history, importance, beauty and function of vessels in African and other cultures of the world
The studio fee covers the cost of your first bag of clay, special tools, and firing fees
Clothes that can get messy or apron
Ceramic carving tool kit (available in school store)
Bottle of water