AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH A SUBLIMELY GIFTED POTTER; OLUGBADE RACHEAL ADEKEMI
Pottery, one of the oldest and most widespread of the decorative arts, consisting of objects made of clay and hardened with heat.
The objects made are commonly useful ones, such as decorated vessels for holding anything you like or even plates and bowls from which food can be served.
The founder and CEO of Cherry Pottery, Olugbade Racheal Adekemi is exceptionally gifted. Her unique designs and creativity is like no other. Johnson Okunade from My Woven Words had the privilege of interviewing this sublimely gifted potter.
Take your time to go through the interview and the pictures of her remarkable creativity after which you can drop your opinion in the comment box.
Please, can you introduce yourself?
My name is Olugbade Rachael Adekemi, Was born in the 1990s in Ogbomoso, Oyo state.
Are you also a student or a full time potter?
Asides being potter, I did my national diploma at the polytechnic of Ibadan after which I proceeded to the Ibarapa polytechnic, eruwa for my HND.
What course did you study?
I studied fine art (ceramic). It was after my OND I went for my industrial training (where learnt this work fully) at Atamora pottery
Why did you study this course?
I love it, since I was in secondary school
How were you able to balance studies with being a potter?
I did a lot of planning and time management. With this, I was able to balance being a potter with being a student.
When and how did you start this work of pottery? How did you discover yourself?
After studying myself, I realized that am always happy whenever am playing with clay. This gave me direction and I eventually discovered it’s something I love doing.
Were you ever under the tutelage of a potter?
Yes, the person is Ibukunoluwa Ayoola; The master potter of Atamora Pottery in Ikire.
How would you rate yourself on improvements, are you getting better at being a potter?
Yes, I believe so.
If not being a potter, what profession would you have delved in?
I would have gone into fashion designing.
Below is a Gallery of Cherry Potter and her pottery
Have you been able to monetize this pottery profession?
Yes of course. I’ve been able to monetize it very well.
As a graduate, can you rely on the money you make from pottery for survival?
Yes, There is money in pottery.
What is your biggest achievement as a potter?
Am so happy am into pottery it’s a unique work, I have gained a lot. Seeing what others can’t see, meeting alots of great people and many other benefits that comes with this profession gives me a sense of fulfilment.
Do you have any regrets for delving into this profession?
What has been your source of strength and motivation?
God has been my strength and motivator.
What is your saddest experience as a potter?
As a potter, I’m usually sad after making a big and beautiful pot and it got cracks after firing.
Do you have people working for you?
Yes, like two people.
Do you have an online presence?
Yes I do!
Facebook – Olugbade Adekemi
Instagram – @cherrykemi
Twitter – @cherrykemi20
You can also contact me on:
Do people approaching you to train them?
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I see myself in Great places
What advice do you have for potters and people looking up to you?
To be patient and endure. Also, to focus on whatever they are doing.
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