Saturday, March 12, 2011

Kaki Village Muslim Potter

At the Kaki village, we met a Muslim potter. His family moved to the area so they could do pottery without owning the land. Now they make water pots and more decorative items. Men create the pottery and the women decorate it. The potter explained how his family works on pottery for about 10 months a year when it was not monsoon season. Clay is gathered from local lakes and ponds. The large stone wheel was something I remembered from last time. It amazed me how he took a pole and got the 100 kg (220 lb.) wheel spinning, but never touched the wheel until after finished the pot. Was such a spinning feat due to the weight and angle at which it spinned?

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