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Making a living from pottery

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A young father, who has been making a living shooting videos and as a DJ, believes pottery is his true calling and has big plans to make a name for himself in the field.

28-year-old Mogaetsho Allen Moseki of Tutume revealed this to The Voice minutes after receiving a certificate for attending and completing a ten day pottery workshop in his home village.

Moseki, who was the only man amongst the 15 who attended the workshop, initially had no intention of attending it.

After hearing the workshop’s facilitators brief the participants on what they would learn and how they could make a living out of it, he instantaneously changed his mind.

“Guwu Le Tjilenje Cultural Association, the workshop hosts, had hired me to video the event and as I listened to the old lady who was to teach, I got interested. I expressed my interest to the organisers and they gladly allowed me to participate. I am pleased they did because as the workshop went on I discovered I am a natural. All I needed to succeed was to work hard and attend more workshops to improve my skills,” said Moseki.

Explaining why it had taken him so long to discover his clay works talent, Moseki said, “I guess I could have discovered it earlier but I grew up in Francistown and never had the chance to play with mud. I love working with my hands and this will help me in my new field. I have always loved the arts and pottery is an art I would love to explore for creative and economic gain. I guess not a lot of people do what they love for a living. I am lucky.”

Moseki, who has a Business Management Diploma from ABM University, is confident that the business education he has will help him prosper in the pottery market.

Meanwhile, he challenged men to take on what is traditionally considered women’s work and make a living out of it.

“Men must take up pottery and any other trades that society regard as women’s work. I see no harm in being called a woman for doing something that pays the bills. With lack of jobs in the country, we have to learn new trades that will bring in money. I do not care who calls me names. I have a life to live and it’s time a lot of men realise that the fear of being called names will not feed them,” said the single father of two.