Story of the Week: How to make a pot

Pottery is the oldest handcraft and man's first point of entry into what has evolved into a multi-billion ceramics industry. The very first ceramic products made by man were therefore pottery objects.
The pots are left to dry before being baked. (Timothy Kisambira)
The pots are left to dry before being baked. (Timothy Kisambira)

Pottery is the oldest handcraft and man’s first point of entry into what has evolved into a multi-billion ceramics industry. The very first ceramic products made by man were therefore pottery objects.

Inside Kigali Ceramic Filter Factory in Kacyiru, a City of Kigali suburb, elderly women and men are continuing this centuries-old trade, albeit using improved technology. Timothy Kisambira captured the process — from mixing clay to the final product.

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Dry clay soil is mixed with wood dust to make it firm and compact. (Timothy Kisambira)
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With water, the soil is mixed to produce some hard and paste-like material. (Timothy Kisambira)
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A woman molds a pot into the shape and size of her choice. (Timothy Kisambira)
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A woman puts some final touches on the pot. (Timothy Kisambira)
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The pots are left to dry before being baked. (Timothy Kisambira)
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Pots ready to be baked into finished products in the oven. (Timothy Kisambira)
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Final products ready for sale. (Timothy Kisambira)
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One of the many uses of clay pots. (Timothy Kisambira)

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