a fat coil is pressed around the edge of the disc to begin the
wall. Working around the coil, applying downwards pressure makes
a good bond while fingers squeeze the mass of clay upwards.
In this way, wall is thinned and raised to about three times
the height of the coil.
is then refined and strengthened by stroking to drag some of
the clay downwards diagonally against the pinch marks, first
around the outside then around the inside.
More coils are added and worked in the same
way until the pot is a large wide bowl about 20cm height, which
is then left to harden…
clay has stiffened somewhat the pot is lifted onto an upturned
wooden mortar. With a coconut husk rib, scrape it with upward
diagonal strokes to thin and shape the wall. Now, the pot needs
to be circled, moving alternately forwards and backwards, steeping
dance-like, and rhythmically scraping outside and inside the
vessel grows taller and wider, the wall becomes quite thin and
the soft clay can no longer support the weight of a large coil,
rolling the coils on a board is needed so that they are smaller
and more even.
coils are pinched onto the moistened edge and stroked downward,
then upwards as before.
end of morning, the inward curve of the shoulder is complete.
The clay is still quite thin and wet so the whole form ripples
with each pass of the rib. The jar needs to dry for a couple
of hours before it can take the weight of more clay.
start the last stage, the edge is pinched back and moistened
to prepare for the next coil. Another fat coil is needed to
start the neck, working as before, by pinching, stroking and
scraping to achieve the right shape. An extra strengthening
coil is pressed around the inside of the neck join and worked
in with both upwards and downwards finger strokes.
rim of the neck is reinforced with coils added to the inside
and outside, which are pinched and graded with a bamboo stick
to form a thick inwardly sloped lip.
coil is smoothed onto the outside joint of neck and shoulder
and pinched between the fingers for a decorative finish.
complete the jar, the upper part is worked over with a moistened
stick, compressing and smoothing the surface.