At the pottery village, a woman demonstrated how they make beautiful perfect pots without a wheel. Basically, the clay is on a stump and she goes around and around, shaping into a pot.
|She puts the clay lump on the stump|
|Walking around the circle, she opens the inside|
|She uses a paddle with her hand inside to flatten and shape the pot|
|She closes the bottom of the pot by hand|
|She beats the bottom flat, using a wooden paddle|
|Finished round pots|
|Children playing nearby|
|Potter woman's calloused foot -- sitting after helping me|
After the pottery demonstration and my turn at being the center of attention, we walked across the road to see where the pots are fired. They are blanketed in straw or something similar and it is slowly burned.
Next stop, still in the same village, was a man who collects palm juice and makes liquor and sugar from it. He gave out samples of both and demonstrated climbing the tree to collect the liquid.
|Climbing the palm tree|
While the group looked around the area, I sat on a bamboo platform. These girls were snacking and laughing together. They were eating something from a pod (a little bit like lima beans, but I'm sure they weren't).