In 1954 Ladi Kwali became the first woman member of a pottery training center established in Abuja, Nigeria, and she remains its best-known artist. Already skilled in traditional methods of hand-built pottery, Kwali mastered the use of a throwing wheel, incised decoration and glazes. This shallow bowl came to the museum as a bequest from an American couple who spent many years living in Africa and collecting prints, textiles, woodcarvings and ceramics.
Red clay with greenish-grey glaze ceramic bowl with a 5 part rosette design.
I Am: Contemporary African Women Artists, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 20, 2019 - July 31, 2020
African Mosaic: Selections from the Permanent Collection, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 19, 2013–August 12, 2019 (deinstalled June 3, 2019)
African Mosaic: Celebrating a Decade of Collecting, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 19, 2010-November 13, 2013