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Levi Yakubu artwork on display at Dordt College

April 19, 2013

Master Potter Levi Yakubu will display artwork he made during his two-week visit to Dordt College in February. His ceramic pieces will be displayed in the Dordt College Ribbens Academic Complex Art Studio.

During his visit to Dordt, Yakubu conducted studio workshops, gave public presentations, and worked onsite using Dordt’s facilities and firing methods. He even fired work in a pit fire, creating smoke patterns on ware using saw dust and dried manure in an overnight firing. Yakubu has conducted week-long artist-in-residence workshops at Dordt and sister institutions in 2001 and 2004.

An internationally renowned and decorated potter, ceramic sculptor, and committed Christian, Yakubu is based in Nigeria, West Africa, where he manages a ceramic production company Dajo Pottery. He regularly receives invitations to exhibit and receive awards throughout Africa, China, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The works on display include functional pitcher and cup sets, casserole dishes, decorative vases, and bottles. His designs and vessel shapes reflect native African patterns and designs including decorative necks on vases based on ancient royalty. Several of his works have the “Lizard on a Pot” motif, a common presentation in rural Africa. Some pieces used a marbling technique where different colored clays are layered and thrown on the wheel revealing a unique and non-repeatable pattern under a clear glaze. Other pieces on display were made at Dajo Pottery and reveal the distinctive colors of locally mined African clay.

All are invited to see this unique exhibit on display through the end of the semester, May 12. The art department will host a public reception in the display lounge on Wednesday afternoon, April 24, from 4 to 6 p.m.

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