Mo Abbaro (1933-2016)
Ceramicist, painter, writer, publisher.

Mohammed Ahmed Abdalla Abbaro was born and educated in Sudan. He studied fine and applied arts in Khartoum and then went on to the Central School of Art to study ceramics, where he received his diploma in 1962. He left Sudan in 1966 and then taught ceramics at Camden Art Centre for many years. He has lived in London since that time. Mo Abbaro was one of the most influential artists in the field of ceramics. He passed away in March 2016.

A tribute to Mo Abdalla

Mohammed Ahmed Abdalla Abbaro — affectionately known as “Mo” to his family and friends — was born in Abu Jibayha in the Sudan. Determined to receive an education, he studied hard at school and became the first person in his immediate family to learn English. After graduating in Fine and Applied Arts at the Khartoum Technical Institute (KTI), Mo came to London in 1959 to study ceramics at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Sculptor and fellow student Conrad Clark introduced his half-sister Rose Glennie, an artist, to Mo in the early 1960s and she and Mo started spending time together.


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