Dordt College News

Visiting artist brings his work to Dordt College

February 18, 2013

The Dordt College Department of Art and Design is hosting visiting Master Potter Levi Yakubu for 10 days beginning Monday, February 18. Yakubu is an internationally renowned and decorated potter and ceramic sculptor based in Nigeria, West Africa.

He manages the ceramic production company Dajo Pottery and regularly is invited to exhibit and receive awards throughout Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, and China. He has spent weeklong workshops as an artist-in-residence at Dordt in 2001 and 2004, during which he produced work, instructed students, and made public presentations that included speaking in chapel services and to business and art classes.

Beginning Monday, February 18, visitors are invited to see his work in progress in the fine art studios of the Art Department, room 1217, located on the lower level of the Ribbens Academic Complex.

Yakubu is a specialist in thrown ceramic vessels on all levels of functional ware and decorative vases, often finishing pieces in detailed stencil work in sprayed under-stains and overlays. His designs and shape forms reflect native African patterns and design, including decorative necks on vases based on ancient queens and royalty. He continues to use the “Lizard on a Pot” motif, common in rural Africa.

While at Dordt College, Yakubu will produce wet ware in various clay bodies and will bring them through the steps of drying, bisque firing, decorating, and final glaze firing in Dordt’s multiple kilns. He’ll be working with Dordt College ceramics instructor Jacob Van Wyk.

Visitors are invited to hear Yakubu’s story and watch him demonstrate his technique of throwing clay on the potter’s wheel on Wednesday, February 20, at 3 p.m. in the art studio. He will share a slide show of his work and discuss his ceramic business in West Africa the same day at 7 p.m. in the Academic Complex room 1148.

These events are free and open to the public.

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