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Post by studio-pots November 25th 2015, 4:44 pm

Not sure exactly when the mark changed but the earlier (1950s/early 1960s) Abuja pieces had the mark in Arabic script. Therefore a late 1960s date for your vase seems correct.

As for something similar on the internet being ID'd as being by Ladi Kwali but without her mark, my answer is that is what the owner would like it to be.

Ladi Kwali had been a village potter before going to work with Cardew at Abuja and she was skilled at decoration of a traditional nature e.g. stylised birds, reptiles and traditional patterns similar to those on native fabric.

On the other hand your vase has patterns that appear to be based on Cardew/OBrien patterns i.e. introduced from the UK and then not terribly well executed, so, if anything it points to the vase being made by anyone other than Ladi Kwali.

Sorry about that.

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Post by Annette November 25th 2015, 4:58 pm

Thanks both for your help. Much appreciated. Happy
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Post by slopingsteve September 11th 2016, 8:51 pm

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this is the other. A fine mark which means nothing to me.......
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Post by NaomiM September 11th 2016, 10:10 pm

Second mark may be Abuja

Edited to add, TA mark could be Tanka Ashada


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Post by slopingsteve September 12th 2016, 5:24 pm

I like that thought....
Thanks.
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Post by slopingsteve September 12th 2016, 5:30 pm

The jug has what appears to be two glazes on the surface; a grey glaze, and a tenmoku brown(without the darker breaks). I have made similar colour glazes to the grey glaze in the past with ash from my coal-fired boiler. Mine was coarser because I didn't strain it as well as they have but it was exactly that shade.
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Post by NaomiM September 12th 2016, 5:31 pm

Helps to have a photo of the base. Abuja bases are very distinctive

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Post by slopingsteve September 12th 2016, 9:20 pm

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Post by Mordeep September 13th 2016, 4:33 am

I have had a couple of Abuja in the past and the bases looked like chocolate, very dark clay. The second mark you have on this jug after the T.A does look them.
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Post by NaomiM September 13th 2016, 10:09 am

There is often a circle of glaze on the slightly concave bases of Abuja pots. This base looks less concave but there is a trace of glaze in the middle. I think it's right for Abuja. The bluish glaze over the brown glaze is also similar to Abuja

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Post by slopingsteve September 13th 2016, 5:27 pm

This is definitely a keeper then. Apart from the Abuja connection it is a thoroughly sound piece of work. The spout pours well, the neck is wide enough to get your hand in to clean it properly and it holds a sensible amount of milk for early morning tea-for-two. It is well thrown and even in the body, well glazed in a subtle mix of colours and has no damage.
I will continue to look for the potter on the Abuja sites although I have had no luck yet. Whoever made it was well-practiced and confident: it is an understated little gem, and I thank them.
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Post by studio-pots September 14th 2016, 8:43 pm

It's not a typical Abuja base but the second mark plus the shape look right. I don't know the potter's mark.

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Post by NaomiM March 22nd 2017, 9:22 pm

Nigerian jug. No stamp but handwritten and numbered (dated?) on the base. Classic Cardew shape but Michael OBrien has suggested "the clay doesn't look like Abuja or Maraba, but it does look just like the clay Stephen Mhya uses at Bwari, just outside Abuja". I'm sending him some photos for confirmation

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Post by r-and-f July 29th 2018, 6:54 am

A small casserole dish apparently made by Peter Bruce Dick (later of Coxwold Pottery) while working for Michael Cardew at Abuja in 1961-'62. I'll also post it on the Coxwold thread for completeness.

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Post by r-and-f September 10th 2018, 9:25 am

In case anyone's interested, I've posted a new blog piece on my Random Treasure blog comparing an Abuja Pottery jug by Tanko Mohammud with a Winchcombe Pottery jug by Pat Groom.

You can read it here
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Post by tenpot September 10th 2018, 11:12 am

r-and-f wrote:In case anyone's interested, I've posted a new blog piece on my Random Treasure blog comparing an Abuja Pottery jug by Tanko Mohammud with a Winchcombe Pottery jug by Pat Groom.

You can read it here
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Post by MCWebs November 14th 2018, 4:01 pm

Looks like the potters mark could be A T T Something unfortunatley the rest has been glaze covered - Any ideas my Abuja is not the best...

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Post by Bitsnbobs October 2nd 2019, 7:15 am

Hi
I have this rather handsome Abuja coffee pot from the late 50’s.
Despite much searching for the potter, I can’t find a name. Please can anyone help with this? I’ve been looking for CBG but this may be incorrect.
Many thanks


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Post by Bitsnbobs October 2nd 2019, 7:17 am

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Post by philpot October 2nd 2019, 9:22 am

Abuja potters and their marks:
Bawa Ushafa
BAWA
or BUA

Dr Ladi Kwali
LK
(died about 1983)
Lami Toto
LT

Kande Ushafa
KU

Asibo Ido
AI

Tanko Mohammud
ATM
(became Pottery Officer)
Abu Karo
AK

Gugong Bong
GB

Bala Yawa
BY

Danlami Aliyu
DA

Peter Gboko
PKG

Hassan Lapai
HLP
(became Pottery Officer)

Bawa Ushafa was the senior potter at Abuja and was one of the first trainees. Kande Ushafa became a trainee
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Post by Bitsnbobs October 2nd 2019, 9:27 am

Hi,
Thank you for the info. I had already found a list similar to this, but I couldn’t match the initials on mark to list!! I have found a similar mark (can’t decide if similar enough!) for Gogong Bong. Would you think this mark could be a B inside a G???’thanks again
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Post by philpot October 2nd 2019, 9:59 am

Looking at those initials again, they do not look as though they are written in English. There are numerous languages spoken in Nigeria!
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Post by Bitsnbobs October 2nd 2019, 10:08 am

Yes, I wondered if that might be the case! Thanks again
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