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

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In the village of Kalabougou near Segou, Mali, women of the numu blacksmiths population have worked for centuries as traditional potters.  Next to the kilns, a woman separates the red bark of a certain tree from the water it has been soaked in.  The red-dyed water will be used as a decorative glaze for the pots yet to be fired.  The glaze is most often applied to the neck of the pot.