Skip to main content

Labels for case 9

"I grew up on the coast in Kenya. As children, we played at cooking with miniature versions of this cooking pot. These miniature pots gave us a better sense of how to handle and use the family size wares. Although I didn’t think about making pots growing up, I now appreciate the variety and range of pottery designs and forms bought from the markets for different uses, especially for carrying water, storing grain and given as wedding gifts. This was before aluminium (sufurias) and cheap, ghastly-coloured plastic containers became the ‘norm’ in Africa. Today, drawing ideas of containment from these pottery objects is for me an acknowledgement that the potency of a container to sustain life is as strong as the potency of a container that mediates beyond its function as a vessel."

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...

University of Cambridge Museums logo
Cambridge City Council logo
Arts Council England Logo
Research England logo
The Technology Partnership logo
Brewin Dolphin Logo