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KUCHING – Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak (YPS) will be organising its fourth episode of Things That Bind Us (TTBU) webinar titled “The Art of Pottery; The Evolution of Sarawak Pottery” thisSaturday, 20th August 2022 that will talk and discuss on the pottery evolution and its shared characteristic that can bind people together.

YPS has invited three speakers to speak and discuss the evolution of Sarawak pottery in this round of webinars. Dr Franca Cole works for the Sarawak Museum Department as a conservation and archaeology consultant. Mdm Nabilah Abdullah, founder of Ally Enterprise, is the second speaker, and Mr Tuson Chong, founder of Gardencraft.co, is the third. The webinar will be moderated by Datin Rosemarie Wong, a founder and director of Ranee Artisan Gallery.

This episode of webinar sought to investigate various strategies for revitalising Sarawak’s iconic pottery traditions, particularly among younger generations, as well as to assess the business prospects of Sarawak’s traditional pottery industry and to explore contemporary marketing strategies in the modern era, with an emphasis on how it shapes and influences racial interaction in the Sarawak community.

Clay, a natural resource, has the potential to be transformed into a variety of products. A potter’s precision skills shape a lump of wet clay into a pot. It is an ancient skill that our forefathers used to create cooking ware and ceremonial pots. Pots are mostly used as decorative items nowadays. These pots represent status and have cultural significance in certain ethnic groups. The decorative pots are well known as must-have souvenirs for visitors to Sarawak. Sarawak’s distinct identity and culture, which binds us all together, include the blending of Dayak and Chinese carvings.

Interested members of the public will get the opportunity to learn more about Sarawak pottery with the esteemed speakers by joining the webinar this Saturday, 20th August. Interested participants can register for the webinar here, http://bit.ly/3Pe1MKF or call us at 082 332 700. Participation in the webinar is free and open to the general public.

The “Art of Pottery” webinar is the second of six planned webinars for the TTBU series this year, and the fourth episode since its inception in 2021. TTBU aimed to cultivate an appreciation for Sarawak’s heritage and culture as well as highlight its shared characteristics while also cultivating Sarawakian unity through our shared history, culture, and traditions.