Morocco V – Over the Atlas

We set off at 7am for an 11 hour drive into the far east of the country, over the High Atlas mountains, to the edge of the Sahara. It was a spectacular drive and we honestly covered four seasons in one day.We travelled through Ouzzazarte [WAH-zah-zart], the desert Hollywood, where parts of Gladiator, and many other movies, were filmed. As night fell we stopped at a desert pottery cooperative that had some nice enough stuff but it was focused on quantity over quality. The children were little scoundrels too, grabbing for money. They explained how to dig the clay, dry it, form it, fire it and paint it. They also showed us some supposedly more environmentally kilns that German do-gooders had built for them, that didn’t actually allow them to use their traditional non-toxic techniques. If they used the German kilns they would have to use glazes that made the pots unsafe for culinary use. What a stupid gift!

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