Laos has a well developed clay and ceramic pottery-making tradition. One finds entire villages dedicated to creating clay objects, using age old methods and traditions with pottery-making as the main source of income for the family.
Clay objects created take on both decorative and religious art forms as well as more utilitarian forms. Clay utensils are used both for storage (rice, water, fish, whisky, salt and spices) and cooking and range from simple terracotta, baked in open pits, to the more intricately polished and decorated glazed forms.
Traditionally pottery was made by village women, but this has changed and today one finds both men and women participating in the production process.
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