Kaabo Clay Collective is a mutual aid network for Black ceramicists.

Kaabo means welcome in Yoruba.

Kaabo Clay Collective connects African diasporic ceramicists worldwide and supports its members with resources, and opportunities generated through the group itself.


Each member is empowered to initiate a project, event, scholarship or any other activity. The only stipulation is that the idea must involve or benefit other Kaabo members. Membership also entails the sharing of resources with other Kaabo members. In short, we are a taking care of each other to build upon our ceramic skills and a joyful community of Black ceramic artists; for us by us.

Get involved by joining the forum.

Access is free and open to all Black-identifying ceramicists by joining the site. This is the place where we connect, exchange ideas, ask for advice and share opportunities. Keep up with the forum on your phone by downloading the Spaces mobile app.

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Applications are now closed. The collective raised $5,000 for this year's award. The amount may be kept whole or divide among more than one awardee. There are six collective members volunteering to review applications: Xiomara Ortiz, Makeda Getachew, Osa Atoe, Makyah Thomas-Malone, Dwayne Sackey and Gabriela Margarita de Jesus. Awardee(s) announced on July 8.

2021 Award Recipients

We're proud to announce the winners of the inaugural Kaabo Collective Award:


Sydney S. Simpers of Los Angeles, CA was awarded $3,500 to continue her work at Iyika Studio in the predominantly Black neighborhood of Leimert Park where she offers free and subsidized pottery and art classes to youth in South LA.


Gerald A. Brown of Philadelphia, PA was awarded $2,000 to launch, host, and produce 12 episodes of a podcast called “Multiplicity.” The podcast aims to counter the elitism and exclusion of the art world by using books, pop culture, movies, and other entertainment outlets as a springboard to talk about ideas connected to larger art and word concepts, including topics that are specific to Black & Brown communities.


Makyah Thomas-Malone is our Junior Award recipient from Memphis, TN who was awarded $500 to cover material & supply expenses for her Art 3 Honors course next school year at Harding Academy and to further her ceramics practice. She is 16 years old.


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A better future is possible. Contact us to learn more about our mission and work, or to become involved yourself.

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