Michael Cardew spent many years in Africa first along the Gold
Coast at Achimota and Vume before later establishing the Abuja
Pottery Training Centre in Nigerian in 1951. Cardew trained many
local people to become potters, including Ladi Kwali whose large
water jars are highly sought after by collectors. Ladi Kwali accompanied
Cardew abroad on a number of occasions including a visit
to Winchcombe in 1962.
Pots from these African potteries made their way to the U.K.
either via Cardew or returning ex-patriates. I have a few examples
in my collection including those that are for sale below.
Please be aware that unfortunately these pots
are only available to the U.K.
Cardew's time in Nigeria is covered
in great detail in this excellent book by John Edgeler.