Nigerian 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 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 – it is a very physical technique and 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.

Please note: This is a 6-session workshop. Fleisher will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day, and class will conclude on Monday, August 1.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for summer term assistance is Friday, May 27th. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, June 1st.

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:

  • You will need to purchase clay during the online registration or at Fleisher – no outside clay is permitted.

  • Comfortable shoes

  • Clothes that can get messy or apron

  • Ceramic carving tool kit

  • Bottle of water

  • Hand lotion