There is something fascinating about watching a skilled artisan at work. The ability to take a piece of clay and produce a beautiful piece of potteryis rare. In the hands of a craftsman strips of leather become a handcrafted bag or a lump of old wood transformed into a stunning sculpture whether in Muscat, Oman or Essaouira, Morocco.
The vision it takes to see a beautiful object in a mundane one is probably something which the artist is born with, though likely honed by experience. The skill required to make the transformation the result of years of apprenticeship and even then only a few will be able to produce the most impressive items.
Both of these attributes have evaded me, I can only marvel at the deft touch required to operate a potter’s wheel. Anybody that has attempted it will appreciate the delicate precision required.
Just a few moments provided me with a little extra appreciation when walking around the various souks or market stalls not only of Oman but Marrakech or Egypt of the skill required to produce our cherished souvenirs.
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