Bamana Women’s Pottery

by Barbara Frank
SUNY at Stony Brook

Trimming the edges. Banamba, Mali, 1988. Photograph by Barbara E. Frank.


When the vessel has dried just enough to support its own weight, it is placed upright on a bed of gravel in the base of an old water jar, which serves as a turntable. The dry edges are trimmed and the interior is scraped and smoothed.