Kintsugi Art: Ladi Kwali Bowl
This Ladi Kwali bowl bears both the Abuja pottery mark and the LK mark.
Using the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi this beautiful majestic piece has be re-constructed using traditional urushi lacquer and pure gold.
Our Kintsugi 'K' tablet has been inset into the gold on a striking piece of abalone shell.
For collectors of Michael Cardew’s work, this would make an unique addition to a collection.
Lady Kwali was probably the best known of the Abuja potters, making pots was women's work in the Nigerian villages.
Their large pots, used for water storage were made from spiralled coils of clay, beaten from the inside with an implement like a potter's rib or a spoon, and fired in the open air by covering them in dry vegetation and lighting it.
The English Potter Michael Cardew introduced her to using wheels and kilns and the other paraphernalia of the European potter. She proved to have a natural ability and Cardew encouraged her to decorate her work, something she hadn't done before.
Ladi was later to become a very popular member of the touring lecture team; her easy nature and ability to communicate made her well liked and appreciated in Europe, Britain and America. She became Nigeria's best known potter and has been honoured in many ways; In the UK she was awarded an MBE, and she was given a doctorate in her native Nigeria. The Abuja Pottery was renamed for her and the Abuja Sheraton Hotel is in Ladi Kwali Road.