A team of two potters begins to shape a stoneware jar, observed by a would-be potter in training. The team uses a set of ten wheels, and in the course of a day they complete ten jars, coiling and shaping first the base and lower wall, then the mid-section, and finally the shoulder and neck for all ten jars. Ban Pon Bok, Pon Phisai district, Nong Khai province, Northeast Thailand, 1990. Photograph by Louise Allison Cort.
Two women from the stoneware-making village of Ban Chan, located on the Mekong River south of Luang Prabang, deliver jars to the market. Northern Laos, 1990. Photograph by Louise Allison Cort.
Digital photography of all museum objects was prepared by Robert Harrell (Sackler collection) and Neil Greentree (Freer collection).
Two potters—a mother and her daugter—hold water-cooling pots. Ban Wang Tua, Khon Kaen province, Northeast Thailand, 1994. Photograph by Louise Allison Cort.