Mohammed Abdalla (Biographical details)

Mohammed Abdalla (designer; ceramicist/glass worker/potter; Sudanese; Male; 17 Oct 1935 - 12 Mar 2016)

Also known as

Abdalla Abbaro, Mohammed Ahmed


Ceramicist/sculptor and teacher; born and educated in Sudan (Khartoum College of Fine and Applied Art). Studied at LCC Central School of Arts and Crafts UK. He also studied industrial pottery design to post-graduate level in Stoke-on-Trent. Various sculptural forms produced in stoneware and porcelain using the mould technique (e.g. semi-abstract animals inspired by childhood in Sudan), decorated with stained slips and glazes, and high fired with distinctive surface qualities. Also produced ceramic pots (inspired by Kerma pottery traditions, Sudan), using the wheel technique, and surface decorated with painted coloured slips. Exhibited internationally: Including Barbican Centre, Whitechapel Gallery (Africa 95), Camden Arts Centre, Tate Liverpool, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, and Malmo Konsthall, Sweden.
Publications include: Modern Ceramics - on the Interplay of Forms and Surfaces, 2000.
Bone China and Modern Expressions: Vitrified Burnished Bone China Forms, 2005.


Havell, J (Ed) (1995), Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa, Whitechapel Gallery, London, pp.122-124