terra-cotta horses have been constructed as shrines in South India for
thousands of years. Standing nine to 25 feet high, they may be the
largest single hollow clay images to be built anywhere on earth. Built
by the heirs of an ancient tradition, the horses inseparably link clay
and religion. Yet, because they are built in remote village shrines,
they are virtually unknown. The entire process of construction and
firing in situ was filmed over a period of 15 consecutive days. (19
This film documents a contemporary group of 700 potters living near New Delhi, a small part of India’s population of 1.7 million potters. Shot daily over a period of six months, this is an in-depth study of the pottery, techniques, processes, and belief in pottery as sacred ritual. (30 minutes)
A community of potters is filmed over a six-month period as they produce traditional Onggi ware- beautifully simple, monumental-sized vessels for the storage of pickled vegetables, a staple in the Korean diet. Because of the technological and sociological changes in Korean life, this school of pottery may decline may decline and even disappear. Therefore, this record has much historical importance. (28 minutes)
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Ron du Bois
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Yoruba Potters: Mothers and Daughters - Dada Compound:
I teach children and adults of all ages in the art of handcrafted pottery, both hand built and wheel thrown.
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to attend the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conference in Pittsburgh.
While there I was able to catch your documentary on the Dada Compound in Nigeria. It was an amazing experience, to say the least. I integrate
education in world culture into my regular clay lesson plan. What better way to do this then with your documentary?
- Andrew Minnery, Studio Manager, Handweaving Museum and Arts Center
"We have marveled at the extraordinary terra-cotta sculpture from the ancient Nigerian cultures at Nok, Ife, and Owo,
but for the most part, the potter’s art has been neglected."
- Sylvia Williams, Director National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
"A video so true to life that one is left with a sense of having been there and experienced this village first hand."
- Joe Molinaro, Associate Professor of Art, Eastern Kentucky University
"In having the opportunity to bring their customs and working methods to light, Ron duBois has added a
fascinating section to the rich fabric of global cermaics."
- Ed Bamiling, Ceramics Facilitator, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada
"Thank you for sharing "Yoruba Potters" with me and congratulations on a wonderful film..."
- Sheila Pressley, Museum Curator, M.H. du Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
"The parts that focus on the Yoruba women potters making those huge vessels is excellent, in my opinion, and probably parallels the
importance of your film documentation of massive terra-cotta horse construction in South India. I particularly liked the shots of
the actual processing of the clay, building, firing and the social relations among the women."
- Dr. Stephen Inglis, Senior Curator, Canadian Museum of Civilization
Yoruba Potters: Mothers and Daughters - Ogbena Compound:
"The great success of this film is that the mastery and joy of these
great potters are allowed center stage and not lost in the telling of
their story. That makes this film the timeless work it is, and my hope is that it will be seen for generations…
Bringing these potters into my life has been a great gift."
- Guy Wolf, Wolf Pottery
"The film was beautifully photographed and the commentary by a professional potter was something few films could equal. Terrific!"
- Warren MacKenzie, Potter/Teacher
"Extremely valuable historical document of the history of Eastern Ceramics. Delightful!"- Jim McKinnell, American Ceramic Artist
"I am impressed by the sensitivity with which Ron du Bois was able to portray the life and spirit of the Korean potters. The film
communicates the values of the traditional potter, humbling us with its depiction of their devotion and energy. It is a film I
use in my workshops and one which I feel everyone working in ceramics should have an opportunity to see."
- Toshiko Takaezu, American Ceramic Artist, Princeton University
"The film is superb. It sensitively documents the amazing and inspiring methods of Korean potters."
- Daniel Rhodes, author, potter, teacher
Massive Terra-Cotta Horse Construction and Bindapur:
"The Bindapur and terra-cotta horse construction videos will provide a contrast to my other
lectures and demonstrations when I give my North American and overseas workshops."
John H. Leach, Potter, Muchelney Pottery, Somerset, UK
"I have both your Indian and Korean film on 16mm, which I show to students to great acclaim. I have lost count of all the times
I haved viewed theses films of yours, yet each time I see something new and am grateful for your work."
- Douglas and Jennie Phillips, Ridge Pottery, Queen Camel, Somerset BA22 7NF, UK.
"The film is a poignant and extremely informative presentation and is beautifully and sensitively done.
Your work has received high praise from all quarters here ...."
- Amy Poster, Associate Curator, Brooklyn Museum, NYC.
"I would like to thank you personally for making these invaluable documentaries on the ceramic technology of India, as I am
an archaeologiest and ethnographer .... they are of utmost importance for our better understanding and interpretation of
archaelogical and traditional cultures of the subcontinent."
- Jonathan mark Kenoyer, Office of Folklife programs, Smithsonian Institution.
"Congratulation!! Your two films on India are the highlight of the Festival .... both these films are extremely valuable
documentaries of art processes as well as Indian culture."
- Andra Ellis, Director, International Clay Film Festival.
"I cannot overemphasize the great service you have provided by presenting a developmental overview of great art forms ...."
- Linden E. Chubin, Outreach Coordinator, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
"I am thrilled to see that you have accomplished what we should have done - document these with such love and respect for the
ethnic groups .... I have to convey my perosnal thanks to you for this record and for keeping alive for posterity the practive of a
craft that may disappear from the land of its origin in no distant future."
- Prof. Shankho Chaudari, Chairman, national Academy of Art, New Delhi, India.
About the Series:
"I want to tell you again how much I enjoyed your films. What a wonderful resource they are for the future,
both in terms of documenting traditions that may be lost and in inspiring future potters. I often think about how
interesting it must have been for you to travel around he world and have those experiences. I suspect that if I had
seen those films when I was a student my work might have been profoundly influenced..."
- Michael Carr, Curator, Jay de Feo Trust
About The Film Maker:
Ron du Bois, emeritus professor of art, taught ceramics and studio art at Oklahoma State University. He was a Fulbright lecturer to Korea, 1973-74, where he taught ceramics at three Korean universities. His award-winning documentary, The Working Processes of the Korean Folk Potter, was filmed at that time. It is in the film archives of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.
In 1979-80, du Bois was a grantee under the Indo-American Fellowship Program, traveling extensively to film the traditional working processes of Indian potters. Among other projects, he filmed the entire construction of perhaps the last massive terra-cotta horse to be built in India. This documentary was completed under NEH auspices and shown in conjunction with the Smithsonian Festival of India exhibition, 1985. It is also in the film archives of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In 1987, du Bois was awarded a 10-month Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Grant, African Regional Research Program, to research and film document Nigerian potters. His documentary, Yoruba Potters: Mothers and Daughters, videotaped at that time, was an award winner at Ceramic Millennium, A Century of Ceramics on Film, Amsterdam, 1999. It is in the film archives of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C.
In 2001 his documentaries, Yoruba Potters: Mothers and Daughters-Dada Compound (Expanded Version) and Yoruba Potters: Mothers and Daughters-Ogbena Compound were completed.
All the ceramic documentaries of the Potters of the World Film Serieswere
selected to be shown at the film festival, "A Century of Ceramics on
Film and Video" as a feature of the Ceramic Millenium conference in
Amsterdam, summer, 1999. They are part of a festival of 39 programs in
video format now in process of being organized as a world travelling
Personal presentations: Ron
will introduce any of the programs from the "Potters of the World
Film/Video Series" and conduct a discussion/question/answer session.
Cost: expenses plus arranged honorarium.
Below are posters from one of Ron's recent presentations:
Click on the titles below, for copies of my recent articles:
A Letter from... Nigeria
A Saga of Synchronicity (Part I)
|A Letter from... Nigeria|
A Saga of Synchronicity (Part II)