pottery are more than just household utensils. They are
cultural artefacts borne out of talent, aesthetic sensitivity and religious
fortitude of a people who have an uncanny ability to interpret nature in
'Mambong pottery in Kelantan, are fashioned from clay and
characterized by a red shade. The pottery mainly consists of cooking utensils. Sayung
pottery in Kuala Kangsar, in the
Perak State, is famous for its
black-coloured gourd-shaped jars called labu.
Often unglazed, Malay pottery can be divided into four types.
Labu Sayong of Perak is the most famous. Made of clay, it is shaped
like a gourd and used for containing water. Other similar items
produced are the labu tela, labu kepala, labu gelugor tela and
gelugor kepala. After these pots have been shaped and semi dried,
they are smoothed with pebbles and decorated by engraving.
When fully dried, they are fired in a furnace and removed.
While still hot, they are covered with dried paddy husks to impart a
by a round base and a wide rim, it is often used to cook curries.
It is believed that the heat is distributed more evenly as its
base is round.. Smaller than the belanga is the reddish
brown periok which is often used to cook rice.
buyung is typified by a bulbous body and a straight neck.
Usually quite big, it functions as a water container.
angular-shaped terenang used for carrying water is popular in the
state of Pahang and
Terengganu. Resembling brassware, it has a
concave neck and a convex-shaped body.
pottery is famous for its flower pots and vases that are adorned
with ethnic tribal designs.
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