Udu Drum Commission

My latest commission was to make a set of three hand built ceramic Udu drums.

When I started to research online I got so excited. I couldn't believe that I'd never heard of these before as they are west African drums traditionally used in women's ceremonies and I have visited Nigeria and never came across these beautiful soulful ceramic drums.

I started by making a former to support the rounded base.

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I make the sure the coils are well joined to avoid the pot cracking when drying out. I was also aware that to make a sound the drum would need to be hit! I was a little nervous at this point as I had never made a musical instrument before.

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Udu drum glowing in the Raku kiln getting ready to place in sawdust.

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Udu drum in sawdust...almost finished now!

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Packing the completed Udu drums ready to go to their new home.

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Sam Phillips