Ladi Dosei Kwali; The Lady Potter

Ladi Dosei Kwali was a Nigerian foremost potter. She was born in Kwali in the Gwari region of Northern Nigeria.

 

Kwali was proficient at turning clay into beautiful household items. She grew up in a location where pottery was an indigenous occupation among women. As a child, Kwali learnt the craft from her aunt who used the Gwarin Yamma coiling and pinching method for the craft.

She made large pots for use as water jars, cooking pots, bowls, and flasks from coils of clay, beaten from the inside with a flat wooden paddle.

 

Her pots were noted for their beauty and decoration. They were decorated with incised geometric and stylized figurative patterns, including lizards, scorpions, chameleons,crocodiles, birds, snakes, and fish.

 

Kwali 's pots were featured in the International exhibition of Abuja pottery organized by Micheal Cardew in 1954

 

She received several awards and achievements, her picture appears at the back of the Nigerian 20 Naira bill.

 

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