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Following granny's footsteps

By unknown | Nov 15, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Elijar Mushiana

Elijar Mushiana

Two talented Limpopo children are taking their pottery careers to new heights with the help of their grandmother.

Khonani Mudau, 4, and her cousin Maimo Mulaudzi, 5, are trying to follow their grandmother's steps in pottery and sewing.

A well-known potter and farmer, Maria Mulaudzi, 55, from Hamanavhela-Vuwani, outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo, is teaching her granddaughters how to make decorative pots.

The two potters and their granny usually travel about 5km to fetch yellow-and-black clay used for making the pots.

Due to the growing demand by parents for Mulaudzi to teach their children the pottery skills, she intends to set up her own gallery.

Mulaudzi is still struggling to get a site where she can build a structure to train the children and expose their talents.

She said children were fast learners, who showcased their future careers from childhood.

Her pots were mainly bought by local South Africans and tourists.

Her granddaughters also help her to mix the yellow-and-black clay before forming the pots.

Mulaudzi uses wood varnish to smoothen and polish the pots. In a day she makes six large and medium-sized pots, which cost between R70 and R300.

Mulaudzi said the two children were also learning how to make traditional necklace beads.

"I believe by the age of 10 they will be far better in pottery and sewing considering their potential."


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