Learning to do pottery with Mohamed has been an experience I will never forget . Thank you Nathalie and Nahid for your wonderful organisation and flexibility. I enjoyed my "stage" immensely and learned a lot from Mohamed, from the beginning, he was always welcoming, explaining techniques well and being very open and friendly with me.
I spent one week (5 days) in Mohammed's workshop learning about the initial stages from making the clay to it's preparation for "tournage". I started slowly, but with Mohammed's guidance I was able to produce plates, bowls, goblets and even mini tajines! One of the highlights for me was the 'emaillage' and painting stage. After making my articles, they were left to cook in the oven and after this, I was able to proceed to painting them. I used traditional designs (which I copied from a book) as well as with Mohammed's guidance to paint the objects. In the end, I was incredibly happy as to how they turned out and I am immensely proud of what I achieved in a short space of time.
Not only did the experience allow me to learn about traditional Moroccan pottery but I was also exposed to learning more about Moroccan culture and customs. I picked up some Arabic from Mohammed as well and we had fun trying to understand each other
Everything from Mohamed's workshop, the teaching and to Nahid's patience, translation and support it was all perfect! I can't recommend this experience enough and if you are interested in really gaining greater understanding of a traditional craft then I encourage anyone to take a course over more days.
Thank you all for a wonderful time!