The Economic Significance of Transforming Utility of Pottery in Ghana through Integration of Veg-Tanned Leather, and other Local Raw Materials

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Author(s) V. E. Adu-Gyamfi | J. O. B. Boahin | J. K. Asubonteng
Pages 429-434
Volume 3
Issue 7
Date July, 2014
Keywords Pottery, Transformation, Integration, Modernization, Leather, Macramé, Vases

Wealth creation in the pottery sector of the Ghanaian indigenous craft industry amounts to economic growth which is also largely synonymous with poverty reduction. Indigenous pots produced in the Northern parts of the country are meant for domestic purposes such as water storage, local beer (pito) storage, cooking, bathing, to mention a few. Unfortunately, the advent of plastic, rubber and metal containers have rendered the pots less valuable and useful to society. Since the situation is threatening the survival of the indigenous pottery sector in northern Ghana, modernization of the pots produced to meet modern needs was found crucial. In this study, integrated concepts, materials, skills and techniques have been employed to add economic value to traditional pottery known for obscured conventional domestic purposes into flower vases and coffee tables. Currently, the improved pots have become highly valuable ornamental artifacts befitting for decorating prominent contemporary places including banking halls, hotel receptions, living rooms, conference halls and offices of various institutions. It has been found that enhancement of the aesthetic qualities of locally made pottery can improve on acceptance in various spheres of modern-day Ghanaian lifestyle, and further promote patronage to complement government efforts towards national development.

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