Pottery Workshop in Twante, near Yangon


Posted on March 7th, by Juan in Handicrafts & Workshops. 2 comments

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Potter sieving the clay to separate out the good quality fine powder. The bigger pieces that remain in the basket will be crushed using the wooden instrument in the background. Someone bounces on the left end, whilst holding the bamboo railing, to breakup the clay rocks at the other end.

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The fine clay powder is mixed with water.

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The potter turns the wheel manually, shaping the clay with her hands. You can see what she is making in the next two pictures.

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She uses her fingers to skillfully shape the clay into a small dish.

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Final step: the dish is cut away from the rest of the clay using a thin wire. These small dishes are used in monasteries to hold candles made using paraffin and a wick.

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Recently made samples. Amazingly, all five of these were made during a short demonstration.

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The pottery is placed in this oven after first being out in the sun to dry.

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Pottery styles and designs typical in Twante.

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A couple of Bonus pictures… What’s in the sack this lady is swinging?

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Flying Baby!

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2 thoughts on “Pottery Workshop in Twante, near Yangon

  1. Hi, I am thinking of bringing my grade 6 students to learn how potters process class, make pots etc. This is part of our history course, because we are learning ancient technologies. Do you know if it’s possible to go to a workshop where they get to see pots being made, and attempt to make their own? Thanks in advance. Terry

    • Hi Terry,
      Yes, I am sure you can go to any of this pottery workshops and organise this. You will have fun! They are very friendly and would love to show your students their skills.
      Cheers,
      Juan

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