It takes a fine touch

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Abu Ali uses a fine touch to shape a clay body on a fast wheel. While it is difficult to know at this stage of the game what the final shape of the vessel will be, I know from the row of other forms he's thrown today that this will become a ibreek. An ibreek is a spouted water-jar known in the Heartland for its ability to "sweat" and thus keep the water cool on the inside.

We used ibreeks as canteens regularly while digging in the country of Jordan.

Abu Ali's workshop is located in a Palestinian refugee camp outside of Jericho.