Pottery is one of the most enduring artefacts in the archaeological
record. It has been used the world over to provide relative dates for
sites and also to reconstruct lifeways of the prehistoric people.
This exhibition is the archaeologist version of the Kenyan history and
the contemporary practises of potters/ artists through the language of
clay. In both cases, the identity of the potter is easily discernible
from either the style or decorations of the pot.
In some cases, archaeological data cannot stand alone and archaeologists
have used present day practices to interpret their data. Some of the
comparative data include studies on pottery functions, pottery making
technologies, innovation and diffusion...
Outstanding archaeological and traditional pottery alongside
contemporary works by Magdalene Odundo, Mzee Edward Njenga, Waithira
Chege and Emmanuel Ondif among others.
During the exhibition opening there will be a book launch of Edward
Njenga's autobiography 'Telling it in Clay' written by Lynette Kariuki.