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The Potter’s Hand

A clay-covered hand handed a piece of paper to us to copy the number of the only person who could help us on our quest to make crockery in Ghana. The middle-aged man in whose pottery workshop we were standing in was getting impatient with us and our questions about his craft seemed to irritate him especially when he knew he couldn’t help us.

One phone call and we had made contact with the only person who could help us. As we drove to his studio we wondered what to expect. We finally met Frank a little after noon in his workshop. He had lots of clay vessels both fired and unfired, kilns, and heaps of fine clay all around the workshop. He responded to our questions gracefully as he sat behind one of his potter’s wheels.

Frank made us aware that we couldn’t produce what we had in mind because it was illegal to import glazes into the country San it was used as a way to smuggle cocaine and similar looking substances into the country so it had been banned decades ago. That spelled the end of our once thriving fine ceramics industry.

Walking around his workshop sparked the idea of using clay vessels for our hand-poured candles. We were about to launch and the plan was to use imported Glass vessels. This was one little way we could support the craft industry in Ghana.

Frank makes every single one of our clay vessels for our candles. They are made individually on the potter’s wheel with care and precision.

For each candle you purchase from us, you are going to experience the 30-plus years of pottery experience of Frank, in a unique hand made jar.

As a studio, we are committed to empowering local African craftsmen by utilizing their unique skills in our value chain.