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 sessions in order to accommodate the two holidays that occur during the winter term: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21, and Presidents’ Day, February 18. The class will not be held on these days and there will not be no makeup sessions.

What you will learn:

  • 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

Required supplies:

  • The studio fee covers the cost of your first bag of clay, special tools, and firing fees

  • Comfortable shoes

  • Clothes that can get messy or apron

  • Ceramic carving tool kit (available in school store)

  • Bottle of water

  • Hand lotion