“Traditional pottery at the Senior Secondary School level as a means of promoting the tourism industry in Ghana

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Traditional Pottery has the potential of increasing the volume of foreign exchange accrued by the state through the consumption of artefacts by international tourists. The nature of the production techniques of traditional pottery and lack of training in modern technology result in wares that have technical limitations, which ultimately lead to fewer wares being purchased by potential collectors. A new course of operation” is therefore necessary to eliminate these limitations through refinement, innovations and adaptation. The ideal means and place to break such new grounds is through effective teaching and learning of traditional pottery at the Senior Secondary School Level of Ghanaian education. The study identified four main areas as the limitations, which have been affecting the level of patronage in traditional pottery by consumers who are largely international tourists. These limitations are size, durability, weight and poor finishing. Recommendations for the production of miniature samples of existing traditional pottery forms by means of contemporary techniques like slabbing, coiling and throwing to produce less bulky but durable wares for collection were made. Also there had been the expansion in the variety of pottery products for souvenir collection. The belief is that the SSS offers the best point of entry to tackle this problem. The idea is that the SSS Visual Art programme provides a good leverage for training students to adopt new clay forming techniques that will enable them to produce standardised pottery wares to meet the tourist market. This will provide SSS graduate who studied Pottery and Ceramics with employment avenues so that they can help to increase national revenue generation through tourism and invariably impress upon local pottery producers to accept innovations to improve their lot.
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts, 2003