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Post by tenpot Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:27 pm

Abuja Nigeria Dscn9012 Abuja Nigeria Dscn9013 not sure which of the Abuja potters this is but you can see the Cardew influence
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Post by big ed Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:19 pm

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Standard Tankard 6" high , Ladi Kwali


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Post by big ed Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:20 pm

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Post by tenpot Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:45 pm

looks like thats a ladi kwali pot she is the most renowned abuja potter along with that cardew chap
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Post by NaomiM Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:56 pm

Pair of cups with sgraffito decoration and a dark brown base glaze with a light ash glaze over the top.
Stamped under handle AK (although the K is a bit weak, so might be something else)

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Post by Potwurm Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:24 am

It has the look of an Abuja potter to me.... possibly Abu Karo.
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Post by NaomiM Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:13 am

Thank you. Most Excellent

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Post by skipposal Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:19 pm

I've bought and sold a few bits of Abuja pottery over time, they're not really to my taste, bit too heavy and crude, the only one I've kept is this one with kiln damage which I got from Alastair Hawtin's sale last year. Having read Tanya Harrod's Last Sane Man recently it's a miracle that anything ever made it out of Cardew's kilns! Indistinct mark. 12.5cm (height)

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Nice bowl with indistinct marks

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African-style pot by Bawa Ushafa, one of Cardew's early trainees

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Flagon with later 'ABUJA' mark rather than the Arabic one used by Cardew

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Rather fine large teapot with chun glaze (?). Unmarked.

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Post by tenpot Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:23 pm

I'm fasinated by the mixture of english and west african styles; my Dad met Cardew by the roadside in Nigeria and had a chat in the 50s
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Post by NaomiM Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:48 pm

Pair of cups by Abu Karo, Abuja Pottery.

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Post by big ed Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:59 pm

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Post by big ed Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:00 pm

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Post by big ed Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:02 pm

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Post by climberg64 Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:06 pm

The tankard has a dark glaze with lighter incised pattern and is stamped 'ABUJA POTTERY'. The candlestick has the same glaze and the stamp 'JOS'. The teapot is unmarked.

I will post pics but does anyone know how to date Abuja pots?
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Post by climberg64 Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:07 pm

Jos pottery was a later off-shoot from Abuja I gather.
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Post by skipposal Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:39 pm

Not seen the big 'N' mark before
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Post by climberg64 Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:23 pm

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Abuja tankard
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Post by climberg64 Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:26 pm

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The mark reads 'ABUJA POTTERY'
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Post by climberg64 Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:30 pm

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JOS candlestick
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Post by climberg64 Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:32 pm

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JOS candlestick mark
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Post by climberg64 Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:34 pm

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Large teapot
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Post by climberg64 Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:36 pm

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Large Abuja teapot base
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Post by climberg64 Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:37 pm

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Large Abuja teapot detail
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Post by studio-pots Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:18 pm

climberg64 wrote:

I will post pics but does anyone know how to date Abuja pots?
Unless the pots have an individual potter's mark as well it can be difficult but the Abuja mark in Islamic script was used when Cardew was there and the seal in English seems to be later.

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Post by studio-pots Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:21 pm

climberg64 wrote:
JOS candlestick
The kiln at the pottery at the Museum complex in Jos was built by Cardew and Michael OBrien in 1963, with money from an American benefactor. The potter that ran it was Cardew's friend, Clement Kofi Athey, who had been with Cadew in Vume. I think he stayed there until around 1990.

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