Drax wrote:So if I followed everything correctly, the initial confusion in the picture was because the potter was using the first circle as a template, not as a bottom/top. Those come later.
Then the other thing (that was confusing me) was that the potter actually 'seals' the top of the pot, and then cuts out the top later to finish off the lid.
I was particularly impressed by the sturdiness and stability of the 'sealed' version of the pot, because in the video you could see how much vigorous handling was going on, and the pot never showed a dent.
I'd love to know if there were significant gaps there for the partly finished pot to dry a bit, of if that was all done with clay essentially the same degree of wetness as the pieces being pounded at the beginning.