Mama Aïcha will teach you how to turn the collected soil into workable clay, following her own special recipe.
Coil forming is the most common technique to produce pottery in the Rif. The woman potter uses the most basic, yet highly complex tools to make her pieces: her left and her right hand. Mama Aïcha will teach you how to make different types of pieces (bowls, earthenware vases, plates…).
You will keep on making various pieces according to your likings.
Again and again for the last beauties!
The pieces are decorated on slip, using only natural pigments from minerals or vegetables, and goat hair brushes. These techniques have barely changed since the early beginnings of pottery making. Mama Aïcha will show you how to paint the intricate traditional Berber symbols, but you will also get the chance to create your own patterns and designs.
You will keep on painting your pieces and prepare to fire all pieces the following day.
Very little has changed in the pottery making process in this area over the last three thousand years. Together with mama Aïcha, you will build a firing pit in which your ceramics will be fired and hardened. As simple as it might look, this is the most crucial step and requires careful accuracy.
And now you are all done! It is time to be proud and enjoy the unique potteries that you have made during the week.
Saturday is souk day, an age-old tradition and cultural experience that cannot be missed. In Ourtzagh, unlike other Moroccan cities, the souk is a small area outside of the city for merchants to display and sell their goods. Mama Aïcha will be your perfect guide since she used to exchange her pottery for food there.
At the magical market in Ourtzagh, you will enter another dimension, a vibrant mix of colour and energy. The souk will hit all your senses at once, from the smell of spices mixing with the shouts of vendors to the intense colours of the goods. Keep your eyes wide open and enjoy!
In the afternoon, equipped with shovels, sacks, and (hopefully) a strong back, you will be led into the mountains where mama Aïcha will help you retrieve the local ocher soil.