Organic shapes exhibiting protruding knobbly bumps and spiky thorn-like shapes remind me of gourds, the hard bulbous shells of fruit and the tall slender forms of cacti. Skilfully moulded by hand, without the aid of a potter’s wheel these forms are part of a range of decorative, and functional contemporary African ceramics from Kpando Pottery
, a business based in Ghana that takes its name from the Volta Region of Ghana, an area known for its skilled craftsmanship and distinctive pottery production. Kpando Pottery was founded by Joseph Nii Noi Dowuona, who has been working with local women for over ten years creating the designs that they sculpt. Given a contemporary update, the designs are inspired by those that have been passed down through the generations, across items such as pots, vases, water containers, platters and other vessels, and are characterised by distinctive surface relief; etched patterns and perforations.