1297 x 897 Bamana Women’s Pottery, Page 7 - Art & Life in Africa - The University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art

Bamana Women’s Pottery

by Barbara Frank
SUNY at Stony Brook

Adding coils. Banamba, Mali, 1988. Photograph by Barbara E. Frank.


New clay is added to the edges in the form of large coils, building the sides and rim of the vessel. The seams are carefully compressed, smoothed and eventually burnished, eliminating all traces of the coils.