When Mohammed Abbaro was born, Sudan was still a British colony. He was raised in the Nuba mountains, where his parents had a farm. Abbaro worked as a carpenter to fund his studies at the Khartoum College of Fine and Applied Arts. His potential was swiftly recognised, and a year later he won a scholarship to continue his education at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London.
His ceramics are characterized by their experimental surfaces, achieved through pioneering glazing and firing techniques. The present lot dates to the artist's "igneous period" - these wild forms were inspired by volcanic earth and snakeskin.
Abbaro was not only considered to be one of the most inno
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