How do the masters of pottery

• How do the masters of pottery

We arrived in the village Balkhar late at night, I was standing near the house, next to a parked car, smoking. In a narrow gap between two houses appeared bent figure with a crutch, casts a long shadow in the light of a single lamp for the whole street. As soon as the old woman came to my side, the shadow lengthened slowly, creeping toward me closer and closer. I silently watched her, and in my head flashed a lot of different ideas before the old woman came so close to be able to say hello.

- What, my dear, machine guarding?

I have not had time to respond, she continued.

- We've got nothing happens, nothing happens. Repeating several times that phrase, the old woman just slowly hobbled by me, in the pitch darkness, which has not finished off the light of a street lamp.

How do the masters of pottery

Early in the morning, coming out of the house and looking around, I thought, I'm on the edge of the earth. Where you do not see everywhere dilapidated house, and outside the village raised the mountain, which outlines fuzzy in the morning mist. And, perhaps, that these mountains begins nothing, which already "nothing happens." Although the talk, still in 90th years of life here in full swing so that sometimes even warmly happened. Now the village is slowly being destroyed, and the people, like figurines of old movies, even walk, do something, but it is clear that soon it will end. Young people in the village do not have, here and pottery came to show a woman in years. Some of them are already walking and barely, and is bent in three deaths, but the pot still made quickly and confidently design is applied. Any, even the smallest pot begins with clay. To get the clay, it is necessary to go in short, about two kilometers, no more traveling for the village. We found in the morning volunteer, nice ass, which, after much wrangling, agreed to go for clay.

How do the masters of pottery

So, dissatisfied with the donkey, singing a song about a little horse and a big load, dragged two baskets of clay. Clay unloaded immediately at the door of the house where her mistress iterate over and soak.

How do the masters of pottery

To clay to do something, it is necessary to knead and first cleaned of large inclusions, grass, rocks, and other debris that still remains. The clay is kneaded, spread a carpet and begin to knead. One foot. Two to do it very uncomfortable. Fatima says that once the splits near the village, stretching the next portion of the clay. Once inside it was a sound like clicks, it is believed that the clay is ready for use.

How do the masters of pottery How do the masters of pottery

As I watched the process, drew attention to two lump of hay lying on the stool. Cool, so here is keep the cheese, it is within the long grass can lie down and does not deteriorate.

How do the masters of pottery

The right amount of clay is placed on a circle and begins the most important thing - to create a form. By the way, the circle is set in motion not feet and hand. Everything is so simple that nothing could be easier.

How do the masters of pottery

for 10-15 minutes and it is already possible to know the future shape of the jug.

How do the masters of pottery

there on the pitcher patterns are applied, and then it lay, the clay has dried. Before he gets into the oven, it should dry up and then it still grind.

How do the masters of pottery

We showed photos of women musicians who were shot in the previous village, and was asked to do something similar in ceramics. Here is the picture.

How do the masters of pottery

And that's what they did.

How do the masters of pottery

The oven does not incite the sake of one or two products, it would be too inefficient. It gathered quite a lot of women, and the room-museum at the time turned into a workshop for the production of pitchers and toys.

How do the masters of pottery How do the masters of pottery

The village has several houses, which have a working furnace, and we went on a search for volunteers. In one house we have not given up, however, I had to wait until the woman finished bake bread, to take the stove. We certainly have not given up tea with thyme and fresh bread.

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and the previous picture two women with whom I spoke, yet poksya bread. In the foreground, a pitcher, it's not a museum piece, with the pitchers then go to fetch water. I tried to pick it up when it is filled to the brim, not at all is light.

How do the masters of pottery

But tea was over, and we're going to look at the stove. The oven itself is quite large, and for the sake of one or two of its products one will not stoke.

How do the masters of pottery

First, accumulate the required number of items, then start a fire. It is quite large, so that the inside can climb a small woman. Woman climbs inside to spread evenly over the entire area of ​​the figurines, dishes and jugs.

How do the masters of pottery

And then begins firing. And there is no specific time as is necessary to burn and what should be fire. Every time a decision is made by the master, which produces firing.

How do the masters of pottery

We have shown an accelerated process, and actually firing lasts about three days, but we did not have much time. In the village, in addition to private masters, there is shop. The building is in disrepair, but in some areas you can work. We looked at the products that are "molded" in this production.

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to thank everyone who helped us in the process of filming returned to the house, where we stayed for the night. I really liked the room-museum, I took a few photos. Here assembled utensils, which in different years enjoyed a kind of living in this house. I do not be mistaken if I say that there is assembled dishes for several centuries.

Surely, every little thing has its own history, but we have, as always, a lack of time.

How do the masters of pottery How do the masters of pottery