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Ceramics from Safi

Safi with its large canning factories is not the most beautiful coastal town, but it is home to some of the most beautiful pottery made in Morocco.  Even though, the countryside around Safi is beautiful.

Safi: Beautiful countryside 

The process of making ceramics hasn't changed much in last several hundred years.  The kilns may now be fired with gas rather than wood, but the process is still hugely labour intensive.

Clay based rocks are broken into small pieces and soaked in water to soften the clay this is then sieved to remove stones and left in the sun to dry to a useable consistancy.

Moroccan Ceramics: Potter's yard  Moroccan Ceramics: Crushed raw clay  Moroccan Ceramics: Soft raw clay 

The clay is then thrown by hand into various items and left to dry in the sun.  If the items are to be carved, it is done at this stage.

Moroccan Ceramics: Hand throwing tagines  Moroccan Ceramics: Drying in the sun 
Moroccan Ceramics: Carving a tagine lid 

Pottery is then fired to a 'biscuit' stage ready for painting and glazing.  The painting is all done by hand with patterns done from memory.  No two items will be identical.

Moroccan Ceramics: Painting bowls  Moroccan Ceramics: Painting pots  Moroccan Ceramics: Biscuit firing 
Moroccan Ceramics: Finished tagine set 

The pottery is finally fired at a higher temperature and the items are left to cool in the kiln before being taken out and checked.

They are then all wrapped in paper and boxed to be taken to the container for shipping to us.

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