Marie Louise


The rhythms of the earth


She learned the art of pottery with her parents when she was seven years old.

Today 𝓜𝓪𝓻𝓲𝓮 𝓛𝓸𝓾𝓲𝓼𝓮 is thirty-two, and she takes pride in the activities she has run with the tourists at the Red Rock since 2013, when Greg invited her to join the hub.

She sits with each tourist to design and create new items, bringing to life the mixture of water and clay.

Each piece moulded under her supervision during the workshops is a self-made souvenir for the tourists, proof of their creative efforts to assimilate the practical knowledge that their teacher has shared with them; but for Marie Louise it is valued as a little international award, recognition of her life passion.

Marie Louise loves her colourful headwrap scarfs, which she wears everywhere with elegance and character. But the colours she spreads around her are not only made from local fabrics.

When she is not sitting quietly playing with raw materials, she makes everyone dance with the powerful rhythms that she generates on her drums.

Tirelessly banging her wooden sticks, she turns into the backbone of the performance, making even the heart shake. 

Next time you visit northern Rwanda, you could learn pottery or dance to her soundtracks.
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