A heavy ball of clay is first pounded against the ground to form
a solid cone.
2. The lip of the pot is created by pinching
open a wide rim.
The form is then hollowed out with a pestle and pounded back into
Paddling is begun to compress and strengthen the edge
The form is then rotated on the lap while the left hand pinches
the rim to start flaring the lip.
Paddling on the outside just below the lip reinforces the change
The lip is stretched and thinned by stroking it with a moistened
bamboo blade while the pot is rotated
The lip is finished with a final wipe over with a damp scrap of
cloth and finger pressure to refine and compress the edge.
The pot is then set under the sun for half an hour to allow the
lip to harden.
As for the body, the grooved side of the paddle is used to working
around the join of neck and body and then over the entire round
surface. The wall will gradually thins and balloons out, still
supported between the knees.
When the pot becomes too large and thin to support safely with
the legs, it is transferred to a large bamboo basket lined with
straw and a cloth.
Turning the paddle to smooth side and continue beating to even
surface, the nearly finished pot is then left for an hour or so
in the basket, turned from time to time, until the pot is much
Finally, the pot is to be given a final gentle paddling, to even
out any bumps or slight cavities, and again leaves the pot to
dry before smoothing over its surface with a bamboo blade.