Research and documentation at the Abuko Pottery Center serve as the pillars for the preservation, education, and promotion of Gambian pottery traditions. By systematically gathering, recording, and sharing knowledge, the center ensures that the art of pottery continues to thrive and evolve, passing on the legacy to future generations.

Preservation of Cultural Heritage

Research efforts focus on documenting traditional pottery-making techniques, designs, and cultural practices. This documentation ensures the preservation of Gambian pottery as a cultural heritage.

Oral Histories

Gathering and recording oral histories from local artisans contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the cultural significance of pottery. These stories provide context to the techniques and the role of pottery in daily life and ceremonies.

Archiving Artifacts

The center may maintain an archive of pottery artifacts, storing examples of traditional and contemporary pieces. This collection serves as a visual record and educational resource for researchers, students, and the public.

Ethnographic Research

Ethnographic research involves studying the daily lives, practices, and beliefs of the pottery community. This holistic approach provides insights into how pottery is interwoven with broader cultural traditions.

Cultural Significance Documentation

Understanding the cultural significance of pottery is documented to showcase how it is integrated into rituals, ceremonies, and community life. This knowledge helps in fostering a deeper appreciation for the art form.

Partnerships with Universities and Research Institutions

Collaborations with universities and research institutions provide opportunities for in-depth studies and contribute to the scholarly discourse on traditional crafts and cultural preservation.