I had an early start with traditional ceramic in Segnanae at the age of 12. Ceramic is my favourite profession to which I dedicate most of my energy, thought and time. Fortunately this profession has improved over the past years. It involves a prolonged process of making, which includes lengthy efforts to excavate the mud from particular places I choose myself.
There are three types of mud that I use for ceramic making:
- Bright red mud
- Yellow mud
- White mud
To prepare these kinds of mud, the mud has to be left outdoors under the sun until it becomes totally dry. Then it is cut into very tiny pieces and shaped according to the design I have in mind. I do this by wetting the mud with some water mixed with some “Tafoun”. It is then put on a clean cement surface and kneaded with the legs until it becomes flexible. Then when I have already planned and worked on my different utensils designs and shapes, I leave them to dry in the sun. Then I coat those designs with a liquid mix of white mud. I polish the design very well with special polish called “qeshrat al-hoot” until it becomes damp and looks nice. Then I start decorating those designs with red or white mud. The ceramic is then put in a high temperature oven amid a circle of stones. The oven is fed by firewood and dry cow dung. The ceramics are baked for hours as I watch them, then they are removed carefully and left for a long time under the sunlight until they cool down. Finally the ceramics are decorated and painted with “Tharoo” which is an ancient traditional material, inherited from our ancestors, which we use as paint.