The Makings of a Pot (Kalabougou, Mali, Pottery, People, Cultures)

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The Makings of a Pot.  In the village of Kalabougou near Segou, Mali, women of the numu blacksmiths population have worked for centuries as traditional potters.  A 7-day fabrication cycle leads to the weekly Saturday afternoon firing of the kilns, in which large stacks of pots are covered with grass and set on fire.