Bamana Women’s Pottery

by Barbara Frank
SUNY at Stony Brook

Transporting pots to the firing ground. Kunògò, Mali, 1988. Photograph by Barbara E. Frank.


Everyone's help is enlisted on the day of the firing to transport the vessels to the firing place, located a few hundred yards from the household compound. Women often fire pots together with friends and potters of the same household, however, each potter is responsible for assembling her own supply of wood.