Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Squat Kick Wheel Pottery

With the firing well underway, one of the women demonstrated how she manipulated clay to form the pottery.

In between turning the wheel with her hand, the occasional kicks with the feet provided the needed momentum. A fragment from a broken plastic plate was used to shape the clay piece.

A narrow piece of fabric helped smooth the clay.
I sensed a feeling of harmony and peace from the woman as she manipulated the clay from her short seat. How many pieces must she have formed in the same manner over her many years of labor, I wondered.

After the bowls had stiffened, she returned them to the wheel, refining the shape over an inverted fired pot. Once again she used the plastic plate piece as her simple tool.

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