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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 ...


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 ...


David Dabydeen

Potter and active participant in the fight for the abolition of slavery. Wedgwood was born in Burslem, Stoke‐on‐Trent, the youngest son of Thomas Wedgwood, a potter. From 1787 until his death in 1795, Wedgwood sought to highlight the injustices of slavery and the slave trade. He was politically and socially conscious and was interested in the consequences of the American War of Independence and the French Revolution. His awareness concerning slavery was probably evoked through his friendship with Thomas Bentley, a Liverpool merchant who remained hostile to the trade and refused to welcome slavers back to the port. Another close connection of Wedgwood's was Thomas Clarkson, who set up the Sierra Leone Company, which sought to provide a habitable colony for freed slaves. Wedgwood eventually became a shareholder of the company.

Wedgwood s most significant contribution to the abolitionist cause was the production of a medallion ...