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Traditional Clay Pottery in Myanmar

As with most other things on Inle Lake, the making of earthen ware vessels to hold various items is also done by hand - or rather was primarily in the past before the area was inundated with cheap plastic containers and plates. Anyway, we were treated to an example of how things were done in the past. Clay is harvested from the lake and then tossed on a very primitive hand powered pottery wheel. From one large chunk of clay, several small everyday items can be made with incredible speed, professionalism, and efficiency.

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