Saturday, 21 May 2011

More holiday snaps

Did I say we'd been to a Potter's in Fez. Well I'll show you the piccies we took whilst there. The first two are of the labourers building a new kiln with mud, dung and sand.
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The worker at the top is covering the kiln in the 'plaster' the previous worker made.

Under the table the potter is moving the wheel by means of a wooden pedal and a piece of string wrapped round a pole, bit like an early lathe.
The pots are laid in the sun to dry but they must not get too hot or they will crack.

Once they've been dried and fired in the kiln they are ready to be hand painted.  All the patterns are drawn on by hand.  This young lady is one of the few women allowed to work in these premises and is a very skilled worker.   The youngest pattern maker is only 13 years old, the nephew of the proprierter.   They have very steady hands.

Examples of their handwork it is absolutely beautiful and so painstakingly done.

They also make tessellated fountains for gardens from the broken pieces.

Do they remind you of quilt patterns?

This young man is learning from a master craftsman (sat behind him).  They create the patterns upside down so its important he picks up a piece from the correct basket.

Finally the salesman who was trying very hard to sell us a portable fountain, yes all of these fountains have two wheels at the back so you can move them round your garden or home.

I bought a tangine with a Fez Blue design on it.  I probably could have got one cheaper at home but was so impressed with the amount of work they put into making everything I bought one from them.

If you are wondering, we missed the bomb on the Jamaa El Fna Square, it went off two days before we were due to go on holiday.   While in Morocco we did meet with several student protests but nothing serious.  We were supposed to go to Tetoune but as there was a student uprising there we were taken to Mekness which meant we visited all five imperial cities in Morocco.


Terri said...

Wow! You are brave to go to such a .... well, I just reconsidered that sentance. Everywhere is having troubles lately. I'm not saying you aren't brave. I'm saying bombings could happen anywhere. Now for the tile and pottery makers!!!! Wow. How beautiful. So much antiquated technology, but yet wheels on the back. What a wonderful world we live in.

Julie said...

What amazing craftsmanship! I'm not surprised you were tempted. I'm glad you were kept safe while you were away.

Quiltefia said...

Hi!! I am glad your basket arrived!! I used a norwegian pattern, so I must admit it is not my idea!! But I think it was cute, and I plan to make one myself!! I love this swap that is going on and I still wait for mine to arrive!! I love your pictures of the "patchwork" floor. I think it you can transfere it to fabric....... Have I nice weekend!! AnneKari:-)