Description: Different families in Ban Thahine perform all stages of the pottery making process from collecting the earth to firing and glazing the vases. The tradition of producing pottery has been carried on for generations and the vases serve various purposes; the larger ones for holding water and the smaller vases are often used for holding Lao hai, a traditional alcoholic rice beverage. The glazes used for decorating and coloring the pots are produced from natural forest products, usually a mixture of leaves and ashes that are applied to the pottery before firing, which leave beautiful hues and designs on the finished product.