Adel al-Kawwaz is an expert at the potter’s wheel. His family is famous for this millennia-old Iraqi craft, but Kawwaz is struggling to keep it alive. For thousands of years, clay utensils were found in virtually every home in Sumer, the earliest known civilisation in southern Iraq. His family draws their name from the jug, or “kawz” in Arabic, which they have produced for more than 200 years from clay found in Najaf.
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