In 1966, Danlami Aliju turned
up at the Pottery Training Centre established by Michael Cardew
at Abuja, Nigeria. Despite being too
young to be trained as a potter he stayed on as a houseboy and learned
from Michael OBrien, Ladi Kwali and the other potters.
In the 1970s he came to the UK with OBrien and worked
with Cardew at Wenford Bridge before studying ceramics at Farnham.
He returned to Nigeria in 1979 occasionally exhibiting in London.
The wonderful pots below
were made by Danlami at Wenford Bridge around 1976 when he was in his
top oil jars and grain jar are forms developed by Cardew in Nigeria
and being the 1970s Danlami adapted his oil jar form into a cider jar.
I love these pots. I owned the cider jar for many
years before Joanna Bird told me it was by Danlami. Joanna was apprenticed
to Michael Cardew whilst Danlami was at Wenford Bridge and is now a
successful gallery owner in London (www.joannabird.com).