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Ladi Kwali Demonstrating at Winchcombe in 1962

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In 1962, Michael Cardew brought the Nigerian potter Ladi Kwali over to England. These images, provided by ex-Winchcombe potter Don Jones, show Ladi making a traditional Nigerian water pot at Winchcombe Pottery. Don told me that Ladi made two large pots during the demonstration and worked very quickly because she was used to the clay drying out fast in her home village. She was given an old oil drum to work on and sung as she drew up the clay to make her pots.

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