Cardew / 13 May - 17 June 2017
"Cardew's pots had a raw, vital, organic quality … what struck me was their potency, their capacity to communicate" Rupert Spira
Michael Cardew was a pioneer of studio pottery whose long and productive career was divided between England and West Africa. He described himself as a ‘mud and water man’, who dug his own clay, made fluently wheel-thrown pots and was a master of slipware and decorative techniques. This exhibition focuses on the years Cardew spent in West Africa, and includes the work of Nigeria's best known potter, Dr Ladi Kwali, who worked with him in Abuja.
CLAY LIVE Michael Cardew: His Years in Africa - A Talk by Tanya Harrod
Saturday 13 May, 2 - 3.30pm, Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Leading design historian and writer Tanya Harrod gives an insight into the years Michael Cardew spent in Africa between the 1940s and 1960s, setting up the Abuja pottery in Nigeria and working with potters such as Dr Ladi Kwali.
Tickets are £10 (£8) and booking is essential via the Ashmolean Museum Website