World crafting – Pottery, Peru

Peru was a treasure chest full of skilled arts and crafts people. My first stop was to watch a demonstration by a potter, to see some time-honoured techniques in action. The traditional Nazca pottery styles date back centuries. In a shaded workshop, we learnt how he achieved a gloss finish without using any glaze or tools and we saw how he applied colour – by working with solid oxides, creating his own paint, then using a very steady hand to create his designs!

Painting equipment

Painting equipment

 

Sophie watches the demonstration

Sophie watches the demonstration

 

Clay shaping

Clay shaping

 

Traditional Nazca pottery

Traditional Nazca pottery

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