For the past two weeks the Lettie Stuart Pottery has been buzzing with life. A new project, re-establishing the pottery center and setting up a pottery school is in the making with the assistance from Aurora Foundation. Guðbjörg Káradóttir and Halldóra Þorláksdóttir, two potters and teachers from Iceland have been working hard with the local potters, Brima Koroma, Mohamed A Sesay and Fatmata Lakoh. As well as being facilitators and teachers at the school, they are the main producers in the Lettie Stuart Pottery.
During these two weeks, the team was hard at work – even visiting another local potter in Mombala. The center was cleaned, reorganized and put into good working order while the curriculum for the 18-month school was developed. Furthermore, trials were done with mixing the clay, glazing and firing. There were lots of smiles and laughter as the work progressed and we are positive this project will be a great success.
Fatma kicking the potters wheel
Guðbjörg designing one of the new products
Brima keeping the fire alive in the Kiln
Mohamed working on preparing the clay
Fatmata and Mohamed working on the dried clay
Assessing the quality of the local glaze
Newly burned flower pots ready – part of the Sweet Salone collection – designed by 1+1+1
Visit to the Mambolo Pottery Centre
Digging after Clay in the swamps
Mr. Otaim the great potter by his home made Kiln
Farewell party for the two Icelandic potters – members of SLADEA and the Lettie Stuart Pottery Centre with Guðbjörg and Regina from Aurora Foundation (Halldora was absent)