Gale and William Simmons have promised a rich selection of twenty-three works from their extensive collection of African ceramics to Spelman College. Created by women who reside throughout the continent, from Burkina Faso to Mozambique, the diverse group of pots exemplifies beauty, talent, and tradition. Throughout Africa, ceramics serve utilitarian and ceremonial purposes. The clay containers are a central part of life and serve a variety of functions: cooking; storing food, beer and other fermented beverages, water, or medicines; and evoking the presence of ancestors.