Dec 5, 2009

Pottery industry in Tunisia

Pottery in the area of Tunisia welcomed the renewal and innovation
Pottery industry is witnessing boom in Tunisia, taking advantage of technological developments and prosperity of tourism.

Pottery sector offers plenty of room for innovation and added, have benefited, like other sectors of technological development and the qualitative leap achieved by the industrial sector in general, where he developed a number of artisans of the industry to be able to export and meet all quality requirements and specifications.

Although the evolution of pottery is still dependent on artisanal touches, talents and technical expertise in the formation of vessels and others, while the pottery industry has evolved dramatically in templates are no longer even rely on sophisticated machinery in the formation of artifacts, however, the field of innovation and creativity in the industry remains welcomed with broad prospects.

In an interview with Mr. Fawzi Al-Mannai, a craftsman has about 20 years of experience in the formation and traditional pottery, among Our contact, who was then in connection with the millstone of the mud makes them pride, that this profession is still traditional, and can only be as long as the furnaces run on wood and Alvittorp work.

He noted that the traditional pottery industry has evolved, where he became artisans using forming machine powered by electricity, but remain artisanal touches are very important in the preparation of China or other jar, and that all the pots made of clay is dried in the conventional oven and are then distributed to currency specialists in the decorators .
He noted that the vessels of domestic use is not coated with either coated pots and ornamental, it appeals to foreign tourists as well as Tunisians.

He stressed that the workshops of traditional products are still booming despite a drop in the number of such workshops and change another modern kilns operate.
He believed that the craft, which has witnessed and met with some popularity can be boosted thanks to Iqbal, more young people to learn and thanks to the wealth of potential and significant opportunities for innovation.

Craft on its way to extinction

But Mr. Ahmed Ouislati who specialized in the manufacture of derbouka for more than 42 years believes otherwise and that this craft is now confined only to some of the workshops that are declining in number, after it fell on buying derbouka that were present in each home.
Our contact and by the fear that the disappearance of this craft, especially with the reluctance of young people to turn them.

He stressed that derbouka make a traditional manner, and has been developed and set up manually, and placed in a conventional oven and is decorated with paint manufactured locally and then cover the lamb or goat skin and flourish trade particularly in the summer with the achievement of peak tourist season.

A thriving industry

Confirmed to us by Mr. Hisham Shalli of art in modern ceramics workshop that the industry has evolved, a prosperous and important find popular products and exported mainly to France, Spain and Italy as well as some neighboring countries.
Our contact and that the craft industry, which later became available thanks to the many jobs the boom witnessed in their products.

He noted that the workshops, kilns, which operate on modern types of clay used especially good clay Tabarka, can be customized easily compare ventricular Nabeul as he used to make pots and ceramics with high standards, and these vessels noted that they are placed in the oven twice to the modern does not wear coating which makes it more expensive than traditional pottery
The spokesman stressed that the area of pottery and porcelain from the areas in which creativity and innovation thrive, making the industry thriving and has received a significant turnout of all segments, categories, especially by tourists.

He noted that the ceramic vessels used for decoration and also used by restaurant owners and homemakers to provide all the delicious cuisine, especially couscous, which provides special teams in this popular dish.

On the other hand Our contact said that the increase in the cost of production caused by the high price of natural gas prices remain despite the compromise, compared to electricity prices.

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