NROBO POTTERY FORMS AND PATTERNS: A CREATIVE RESOURCE FOR MODERN CERAMICS CONCEPTS

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NROBO POTTERY FORMS AND PATTERNS: A CREATIVE RESOURCE FOR MODERN CERAMICS CONCEPTS

ABSTRACT

As old as the art of pottery has been truly ascertained to be, it has remained an irreplaceable aspect of the African tradition and beyond. This study conducted on the Nrobo pottery with reference to their patterns and forms points to the fact that even though modernity and technology is playing a major role in bringing about the obscurity of the pottery tradition, there still is, a lot the artist potter can do to retain the interest of the modern society in the clay pots. Transforming the hitherto local forms and patterns of the traditional pottery into modern, glazed and technologically compliant art forms is one way by which the artist potter can achieve this feat. The monotony in the local pottery forms coupled with modern alternatives, results in the loss of interest in their use in today’s society. However, a remarkable difference is noticed in the level of interests these same pottery forms attract when finished to modern taste and worked into various artistic concepts.

The essence of this work is embedded in this idea.

 

 

   CHAPTER 1

                                      INTRODUCTION                                                                                                                1.1     Background of the Study

Pottery is a unique and exciting craft; it ranges from the purely aesthetic to the purely functional; in scope from the architectural wall covering to the small and exquisite cup and saucer or statuette. Coarse or fine, large or small, glazed or unglazed, pottery fulfils many functions and reveals at every turn a new beauty, while remaining of the earth, earthy.  D. M. Billington (1962).

Pottery is undoubtedly one of the oldest art forms still practiced today. Archeologists estimate that clay was first fired by Stone Age hunter-gatherers more than 30,000 years ago but none of these earliest works survived. Rhode D. (2010).

 

NROBO POTTERY FORMS AND PATTERNS: A CREATIVE RESOURCE FOR MODERN CERAMICS CONCEPTS

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