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Artist Carries On Zulu Ceramics Tradition Of Her Forebears

Jul 12, 2017

Jabulile Nala began making pottery when she was 13 and was taught by her mother and grandmother. But the family legacy stretches back for over 100 years and the Nala name is synonymous with Zulu ceramics. The work of her mother, Nesta Nala, is in major collections around the world. But it can be a struggle to continue this legacy without access to markets beyond their village.

Pot by Thembile Nala

The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market offers artists like Nala and her sisters connections to more buyers, as well as training and mentorship. They often earn the bulk of their money at this market and it benefits entire communities back in their home countries. The market takes place this weekend in Santa Fe. 

Jabulile Nala firing her pots