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Clay Works
"Where there are experts there will be no lack of learners." —Kenyan proverb

Some researchers believe that the pottery arts found in western Kenya resemble pots found along the Nile in South Sudan, correlating with evidence that ancestral people from that region migrated to Kenya centuries ago.

Potters work with riverbank clay, which they shape, decorate, fire, and then use for cooking, eating, and serving food. Villagers use large jug-shaped pots as household cisterns to collect and conserve rainwater.


Dina Anyango Adipo and Grace Akinyi Jakoyo are members of the Oriang women’s pottery group made up of more than fifty members who use indigenous techniques of molding clay to make pots. This group was formed over thirty years ago to help promote, preserve, and safeguard the cultural heritage of the Luo community.

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