Creative with clay

The pottery women of Soulou already pictured on our front page in the month of January. On February 20, the oven was lit one first time. The eldest women (la vieille) gave her blessings by pouring water and zom koom (kind of traditional lemonade) at the oven's foot. I don't have a photo of that, as I didn't want to disturb the mystics.
A photo report of two days pottery baking.


At the bottom of the oven, the women place the wood. Dry millet stems are used to light the fire.

In Soulou, there are two families of which the women make pottery since many generations. Women and children carry the work of the past weeks outside and put it in front of the oven.

When the oven is full of pottery, it is being closed with stones (on the left) and eventually with clay (on the right).

The oven is being lit.


On the second day, the pottery is being removed from the oven. Everyone is satisfied as the pots are more smooth and of a beautiful colour. Moreover, nothing has been broken during baking.