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The Intricately Decorated Ceramics of Djakou Kassi Nathalie

Artist Djakou Kassi Nathalie creates intricately decorated ceramics that tell powerfully moving stories on subjects ranging from saying no to domestic violence, to celebrations of divine womanhood. Nathalie has been creating ceramics since 1992 and started her own practice soon after graduating from University. Nathalie’s work is characterised by a mosaic pattern of mask-like faces and ornate lines hand carved into the surfaces of the clay. Faces that adorn large sculptural vases, vessels, cubes, plates, and stylized human figures.

Born and raised in Cameroon, Nathalie moved to Nigeria in 2015 where she has advanced her practice, winning awards and gaining international recognition. Nathalie is passionate about the development of ceramic crafts in her home country. Before moving to Nigeria she taught at the only art school in central Africa, was the manager of the Centre d’Art Appliqué in Mbalmayo, Cameroon where she worked as a ceramicist, and she served 3 years as vice president of the Craft Association of her local government.

Nathalie has exhibited her work widely, and throughout her career has worked with many renowned artists learning from them and sharing her knowledge as she continues to refine her craft.

– Tapiwa

For further information about Djakou Kassi Nathalie visit:@djakoukassi

[Image credits: The images shown belong to SMO Contemporary Art. If downloaded and used elsewhere please credit accordingly.]

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