Using a rounded mallet-type tool.

Boubon is a village about 25 kilometers outside of Niamey. They’re known for their pottery. The village is situated right along the river, which is where they get the clay for their pots. We had never been and having Mikael here visiting was the perfect excuse to go.

We were told that we could go to the village and we would get a pottery making demonstration. Sure enough, we drove in and the first guy that spotted our car came over to us and asked if we would like to see pots being made. He took us into a courtyard of someone’s home and a lady, sitting on a mat on the ground began forming a block of clay. It was a lot of fun to watch her work.

They brought out chairs for us to sit on.

She let us hold the pot after each stage of the process.

Smoothing out the neck.

Finished and set aside to dry before being painted. 

Women nearby were pounding millet to a beautiful rhythmic beat.. Some claps were interspersed between the dropping of the mortar. I wish I got a video of it.

They were pounding so fast, but never did they knock into each other’s mortar.

The potter’s courtyard.

A little girl walking down the street in the village.

What a beautiful smile.

We went on a Saturday, but while we were there we found out that Wednesdays are market days, where they sell all their work. We’ll have to go back so we can buy some pots!

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6 Responses to Pots

  1. Christine says:

    Beautiful pics as usual. I love Boubon! Glad you got to go!

  2. Laura Blystra says:

    The last photo is gorgeous! Such bright color and her smile is so sweet. What fun to see the pots come to life.

  3. Wow! I love that last photo. Miss you guys!

  4. Danny Kopp says:

    I want to be a potter

  5. Batya says:

    Juli, Bring some stuff with you next time you come home. I would certainly buy. The stuff looks great.

  6. Joe Korn says:

    I want to be a pot.

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