Kpando is a small town located in Ghana’s Volta Region, five hours away from Accra. Nestled in the lush forest just a short distance from the main market center is the Kpando Fesi Shed. This utopian feeling ceramic women’s cooperative is a space that allows members, most of whom are single mothers, to earn a living to take care of their families through the production of ceramic goods. Everything in their workshop is hand built with care and precision. Their emblematic style is striking; a warm shiny black patina finish and unique detailed textures.
The powerhouse women who work at the Kpando Fesi Shed are happy to walk visitors through the process; from the early stages of clay mixing, sculpting pieces, and the firing process. Visiting this little oasis tucked away in the eastern region of Ghana is a humbling experience not to be missed if you have the chance.
All photos: Shaya Ishaq