African Pottery Arts – traditional, contemporary


African Traditional Pottery

Algerian water vessel


African  Water vessel. A ceramic jar which is  worn by women on their backs to fetch water from wells and springs and then to store it in their homes.

Ouadhias culture. Great Kabylia, Algeria



Vessel Azande Africa, Angola

Azande Vessel –   Africa, Angola





Vessel Nupe, Africa,Nigeria

Nupe Vessel – Africa,Nigeria






Water jug from the jerma tribe

Water jug from the Jerma tribe – Niger







Two Samburu girls dressed in her traditional beaded necklaces and headress at a dance. Ol Malo, Laikipia, Kenya






 African beer pot





Nigerian pottery vessel





Yellow Hornbill

Yellow Hornbill

Kruger National Park






Chameleon Lizard


African Contemporary Pottery



design africa Kpando Pottery

 Kpando Pottery

( Design Africa )






 Kpando Pottery

( Design Africa )





Kpando Pottery

 Kpando Pottery




( design-africa )

Louise Gelderblom vessel

Louise Gelderblom carved vessel

( South Africa )





photo by Eric Lafforgue - Erbore Girl

Eric Lafforgue –  Erbore Girl



 Imiso Ceramics :  

Imiso is driven by the vision of becoming an exclusive design house that reflects the richness of African cultures and traditions. The company was established in 2005 and is currently owned by Zizipho Poswa and Andile Dyalvane who collectively bring over 15 years  of experience in creative design and manufacturing. Their first studio and gallery space is currently located at The Old Biscuit Mill, which is situated at the Woodstock precinct of Cape Town. Imiso employs a team of highly skilled artists who contribute to their production of highly distinctive ceramics designs.




 Zizipho Poswa and Andile Dyalvane



 Africasso Collection 

Picasso was inspired by Africa and Andile was inspired by Picasso and he has created a collection of ceramic bowls that reflect an abstract sympathy with this style. His pieces dispaly a myriad of visual African stories.



Africasso- Earthernware abstract pottery vase

 Imiso Ceramics   Africasso- Earthenware slip casted Vuyo vase

Africasso-Stoneware sculptural vessel

   Africasso Stoneware coiled vase ; self portrait

Africasso Stoneware vessel

  Africasso – Abstract Stoneware coiled vase; Majola

African abstract tall contemporary vase

Africasso tall vase

Africasso stoneware vessel

Africasso Stoneware vessel

Cubist Africasso showstopper vase

Africasso ‘showstopper’ vase


Hand Pinched Collection

Like a pianist that sorts to unleash magical creativity through her fingers, Zizipho Poswa has created a beautiful, eclectic mix of delicate hand pinched ceramic bowls and platter sets.


Hand-Pinched vessel

Imiso Ceramics   Hand Pinched-walford white clay-oblong bowl

 Zizipho Poswa



 Zizipho Poswa Hand Pinched bowl

  Hand Pinched-walford1 white clay hand pinched bowl

 Zizipho Poswa




Hand-Pinched-set by Zizipho Poswa

    Hand Pinched-walford white hand pinched 3pc set – Zizipho Poswa

Hand Pinched vessel by Zizipho-Poswa

 Zizipho Poswa


   Hand Pinched-walford white clay hand pinched bowl

 Zizipho Poswa




Majolandile-Dyalvane-Imiso-ceramics-Pinch Bowl Set

Pinch Bowl Set – Majolandile Dyalvane



More African contemporary ceramics –



Earthenware slip cast vase

Earthenware slip cast vase –  Zizipho Poswa





Stoneware-coiled-vase Andile Dyalvane


 Stoneware coiled vase; Red & gold scarified pattern; matrix bottom half-Udu-Vase

Andile Dyalvane






Imiso Ceramics- Stoneware coiled vase; scarified bulb shape by Andile Dyalvane

 Stoneware coiled vase; scarified bulb shape

Andile Dyalvane

The Scarified Collection is inspired by the ancient African tradition of body scarification. Scarification is an ancient practice used to protect individuals  against various spiritual and physical manifestations. Designed by Andile Dyalvane, the scarified pottery pieces are intended to carry a spiritual message that will resonate with the ambience of the interiors they are destined for.




Imiso-Ceramics studio





Zizipho Poswa-Imiso-Ceramics

Bright and Pinchy by Zizipho Poswa







Imiso Ceramics—Africasso-platter





Imiso Ceramics hand crafted vessel

Views From The Studio Collection by Andile Dyalvane






Imiso Ceramics slip casting





Cape Town Imiso Ceramics Stoneware coiled vase

Imiso Ceramics  Stoneware coiled vase

Andile Dyalvane





Africasso Conical Vase Majolandile Dyalvane Imiso ceramics

Africasso Conical Vase  – Majolandile Dyalvane




Ceramic-Head-Rest - Majolandile Dyalvane

African ceramic head rest – Majolandile Dyalvane




Imiso-Ceramics--Earthenware vessel Majolandile Dyalvane

Africasso Earthenware vessel – Majolandile Dyalvane

Imiso Ceramics



Once Of Scarrified Matrix Vase Majolandile Dyalvane

Once Of Scarified Matrix Vase  – Majolandile Dyalvane




Once-off-Vase-imiso - Majolandile Dyalvane

Once of vase  –  Majolandile Dyalvane

Imiso Ceramics

Imiso Ceramics site here






 More African Traditional Pottery


Nigeria pottery William Itter collection

Nigerian pottery water jar – William Itter collection





Nigeria William Itter Collection

Nigerian Pottery Vessel – William Itter Collection

Jar. Calabar. Nigeria

Jar. Calabar. Nigeria

Ladi Kwali sgraffito pot

Ladi Kwali – sgraffito vessel

Pottery vessel by Ladi-Kwali-(Nigerian)

African Water Pot with sgraffito detail. – Ladi Kwali-(Nigerian)

Ladi Kwali a large Water Jar

Ladi Kwali – large Water Jar

PUNU MASK,-Gabon, Africa

African Punu Mask , Gabon

Chidi Okoye-beauty mask

Beauty Mask – Chidi Okoye

African Global vessel

Carved global vessel with everted rim from the Igbo people of Nigeria

Carved Mother and Child Bowl - Africa

Mother and Child Bowl, late 1800s Yoruba Peoples, Nigeria.


Water Jar. Kabyle peoples, Algeria –  19th century.  Ceramic with red and black pigments.  To this day, Kabyle women coil and decorate pottery with beautiful, geometric designs for their own household use and for sale




HAGENAUER-Karl-1898-1956 African girl sculpture

Karl  HAGENAUER (1898 – 1956)

“Africa in the jar”

( Million & Associes )




Mudsgum earth home

A Mudsgum earth home






Pokot girl with giant necklace - Kenya

Pokot girl with giant necklace – Kenya

( Eric Lafforgue – flickr )






Nigerian incised surface vessel

Nigerian vessel with incised surface





African pot - Bomboka-Henry,-2011

African pottery – Henry Bomboka






Henry Bomboka – 2011




Ethiopian church art Tana lake - North Ethiopia © Johan Gerrits

Priest leaving the church at Tana lake – North Ethiopia

 © Johan Gerrits





Statue – Baoulé Bloblo Bian





African vessel – Magdalene Odundo




Bukenya-Tony,-2011 Two lidded african vessels

Lidded African pots – Tony Bukenya






Alex Kyakuwa





Wall art of a Nguni woman – FALKO 2011

flickr – falko splitpiece




Start-–-A-Journal of Arts and Culture in East Africa

Raku pot from East Africa


See another post on African Art here – African Arts Odyssey


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