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"The Potters of Piikwe Village" documentary screening

"The Potters of Piikwe Village" documentary screening
Introduced by: Ed Wilmsen # University of Edinburgh
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15th Apr 2015 16:00 - 15th Apr 2015 17:30
Seminar room 3, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square

You are warmly invited to the screening of the documentary “The Potters of Pilikwe Village, Botswana"

The documentary will be introduced by Prof. Ed Wilmsen, Honorary Fellow at the Centre of African Studies, currently working on the social geography of pottery in Botswana as part of a 25 year project on the Iron Age archaeology and political economy of interior Southern Africa.

The potters of Pilikwe Village, Botswana

This is a film following the chaÎne opératoire of pottery making by a group of potters in Pilikwe Village in eastern Botswana.  The film begins with the mining of rotted granite from which clay is produced through a series of transformative operations of pounding, sieving, and wetting.  These operations accelerate the natural processes of weathering by which clay is formed under normal environmental conditions.  The bulk of the film is devoted to the forming of pots by traditional hand-built methods; this is intercut with archival photos of these methods employed in the 1920s.  The final scenes are of the preparation of the firing pit and prayers for a successful outcome and the firing of pots.

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