Today we’d like to introduce you to Abudu Nininger.
Abudu, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
In the late 80″s my mother and biological father met in a Jamaican Night club in downtown LA. I like to joke that I was born out of the love of Reggae music. Born and raised in Mt. Washington just below the Self Realization Fellowship on a street called Avenue 44. I was primarily raised by my mother and step father. My biological father is from Ghana, West Africa and was not a part of my life until my teenage years. My mother works as a Costume Designer, and my biological father works as an embroider. In Ghana as a teenager he used to paint designs on shoes and sell them on the street.
My artistic roots are in a love for drawing various expressions of life. My teenage years were spent immersed in graffiti art, which matured into murals, acrylic and oil painting on canvas and wood in college. I cultivated my artistic skill at Pasadena City College for 2 years before transferring
to Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn. I spent my first two years studying fine art painting, however after taking my first pottery class I fell in love. I stopped going to the painting studio all together and switched my major to ceramics.
While in my last two years of college at Pratt, my attention was also intensely absorbed by yogic teachings and methods. Upon graduating I had planned and fundraised a generous amount of money so that I might attend a 6 month intensive classical Hatha yoga teacher training program at Isha foundation in the south of India with a master by the name of Sadhguru. However it was not meant to be, I came up short financially, so naturally I started looking for a place to make a lot of pots.
Failing to find my place in the local pottery studios upon returning home to North East Los Angeles. I found myself knocking on the back door of Kinship Yoga. A friend had told me about a man named Ryan, the owner of Kinship Yoga. He also made pots and had a slab roller, pottery wheel, a kiln and a semi covered outdoor space that was being primarily used for construction material storage. Everything I needed… Indeed, in college used to day dream about creating a pottery and yoga studio joined together. By the Grace of collaboration with Ryan, here I am, big blessing!
In January of 2017 Kinship Clay was born and classes slowly began to be offered. I work here full time making my own work and teaching classes throughout the week to 20+ students. It is quite a joy and I am so grateful!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I make Pots, vessels, mostly functional. Particularly I enjoy focusing on the moon jar form and ceremonial ceramics. I intend the moon jars to be left empty as an object of contemplation and meditation. Let it be in your home as the one thing you leave empty. When you see it, you recognize it’s emptiness and embrace that moment to sit and mirror it, empty your vessel also.
Working with clay is my sadhana, my contemplation, my satsang, my quite celebration. Two pieces of earth in spiraling collaboration. My body as animated earth, animating earth.
Somewhere in time it was said, “The creation and the creator are inseparable”. My message is meditate and contemplate yourself. Bathe in the silence and emptiness of yourself. Contemplate God and who you are in relationship to that.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I am currently creating vessels that I intend to share on a web platform in the summer and in a gallery space by March of next year. I don’t currently have a website for my own work, only for the Pottery studio – Kinshipclay.com
- Address: 5612 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA, 90042
- Website: Kinshipclay.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abudu.art/
Personal Photo- Stephanie Love