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Norma Rodney Harrack

one of the eminent figures of twentieth-century pottery, is widely recognized as the father of modern pottery in Jamaica.

Historically, the Taino, Jamaica’s earliest inhabitants, settled on the island about 600 bce and used clay to make everyday household utensils. The influx of imports and arriving European artisans and enslaved Africans in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries into the island proved fertile for the development of a local pottery industry. African slaves brought their ceramic traditions, and today, the influence of their pottery-making styles still persists across the island. The coexistence of different pottery traditions gave rise to a Jamaican syncretic pottery, and Cecil Baugh would later play a crucial pioneering role in creating an identity for Jamaican potters.

Born on 22 November 1908 in Bangor Ridge Portland Jamaica to farmers Isaac and Emma Baugh Cecil was the youngest of four children He attended elementary school in Bangor Ridge ...

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Joyce Youmans

Kenyan ceramist, was born in Nairobi, Kenya, on 5 May 1950, of the Abanyala people, a subgroup of the Abaluyia. She received her early education in Nairobi and New Delhi, India, where her father worked as a journalist in the 1950s. His passion for jazz spurred Odundo’s interest in art from an early age. Multiple prizes won at local poster competitions during high school encouraged her to pursue commercial art.

After graduating from high school in 1968, Odundo worked as a graphic designer for almost three years while taking evening classes in commercial art at the Nairobi Polytechnic. She moved to Cambridge, England, in 1971 to attend the Cambridgeshire College of Art and Technology now Anglia Ruskin University There she took a range of foundation courses including ceramics but graphic design remained her primary focus She soon grew restless however and reconsidered whether she wanted to go ...

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Kathleen Sheldon

Mozambican ceramicist and sculptor, was born in rural Cabo Delgado possibly in the 1930s, although her identity documents carry the 1945 birth date. She learned how to make pottery as a child, as pottery and working with clay were crafts that were usually done by women, though they primarily made pots for cooking and storage rather than artistic images. She married and had three children with her first husband. After her husband left her, she joined the liberation struggle, working to end Portuguese colonial rule over Mozambique. There she met her second husband, with whom she had five more children. As a FRELIMO (Frente de Libertação de Moçambique, Front for the Liberation of Mozambique) member she carried weapons and ammunition for the militants. Six of her children died during the war, leaving only the youngest, and her husband left her at independence in 1975 Soon after those events ...