Potshop art, the throwing room


A few days ago I shared one corner of a piece of art crafted by one of our college students. You can see it here. It presented an aspect of a traditional potter's workshop: the settlement basins.

In another corner of the same work we find a cutaway of the potter's shack. Behind the wall stands a potter at a table. What is he doing? Smoothing a rim? Attaching a loop handle? Applying a slip? Maybe he is marking the vessels with his own potmark or seal?

A variety of jars stand on the cement porch outside. When they are bone-dry they will be taken to the kiln and fired.

But don't look too far left. We'll show you the kilns another day!

This imaginative scene is based on our visits with the potters of Aqabat Jeber, Palestine.