-- Oriang Pottery Women Group
in Homa Bay Country, Western Kenya, is home to water,
cooking and plate pots that were used in the prehistoric
times until the development of metal cooking utensils.
1969, the group has remained relevant to keeping the
traditional African utensils alive despite the
introduction of new metal utensils globally.
are still favored and are in high demand due to their
storage power while most people purchase cooking pots
because they heat up faster,” Filgona Wanjara, the
groups Chairperson told Xinhua in an interview.
noted that their latest make—fridge pot and jiko stove,
are becoming very popular as people order for them as
far as Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya.
that even though fridge pot takes too long to make, it
is popular along the lake Victoria Basin and beyond as
it helps keep drinking water cool during hotter months.
are also gaining popularity as it enables families to
use less fuel wood while cooking their food.
that their business thrives because plastic containers
are unpopular with most people who claim that they do
not keep water cool especially during hotter seasons.
noted that their clients testify that foods cooked from
the pot are better than the ones cooked in metal
that unknown to the current generation, food cooked in
the pot continues being cooked even after being removed
from the fire.
from the pot takes some time but the foods are often
well cooked,” Rosa Ogero, a resident of Kendu bay town
who uses cooking pots said.
that even though modernity is forcing people to abandon
some items, the use of pot utensils is still popular.
“They are cheap, available and also does not
disappoint,” she added.
the pottery utensils, the group members first find
special clay. The clay is collected fresh and wet from
the banks of River Sare, 10 kilometers away, where they
dig the soil and collect the clay and transport it to
the group premises. Sometimes, during dry seasons they
collect dry clay to which they add water to avoid
blend the clay, smoothing and compressing it to what one
intends to make after mixing it properly with water
ready to form pottery,” Jakoyo added.
are then allowed to dry for utmost two weeks, until it
is properly dry to avoid cracks forming and then the
women paddle the outside of the vessel with a flat piece
of wood, mixed with some traditional concoctions that
make the utensil durable.
pile grass and use them for covering the pots and bury
them in hot blazing fire,” said Jakoyo.
The pots are
then let to cool down completely before being moved from
the ashes of the fire to avoid cracking.
Wanjara, the group members leave between 10-20 percent
of the proceeds, depending on the number one makes in
the group account.
is then used as a merry-go-round and often members
borrow during emergencies such as falling sick,” she
that with the use of jiko stoves, populations need to be
encouraged to adopt its use to help save trees for fuel
The group is
currently involved in making flower pots and vase and
they have orders mainly from Nairobi.