Nigerian and Ghanaian Pottery (tuition-free)

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 an 8-session course. Fleisher will be closed on January 16 and February 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

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

  • Bottle of water

  • Hand lotion

  • Coconut ribs

  • The carving tools and coconut ribs can be purchased at any number of locations. The links to the Ceramic Shop website are intended only as one option and for reference: