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Potter Inspired By Tourists

Potter Inspired By Tourists
Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team after a training session at Albert Park, Suva. Photo: FRU Media
October 11
08:04 2014

Forty-year-old Maria Kunabuli will never find a dull moment at work especially with children who inspire her work.

Mrs Kunabuli, a potter at the Naviti Resort, says  she never runs out of ideas because of her little helpers.

“Every day I come to work with so much anticipation knowing that I will always learn new things,” she said.

“Children visit the hut wanting to know how pottery is done and they give me ideas on what to make out of this clay,” she said.

The former Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji employee learned pottery since she was 10 years old.

“I knew how to make pottery since I was 10 from my mother so it is a generation to generation thing for us to learn how to do this,” she said.

Mrs Kunabuli finds no difficulty getting her supply of clay because it is abundant at her village, Nayawa in Sigatoka.

“In Nayawa Village, since we are a pottery-making village, we have no problem in finding supply but we do face some difficulties if the weather is unfavourable,” she said.

“I am grateful for this talent and it caters for my family. It has helped send my son to school,” she said.

For three days at the resort Mrs Kunabuli can earn up to $150 a week.

She shares the hut with her colleague, Miliana Torosi.

The two were among the new tenants who recently moved into the resort’s new Fijian Village Project that was opened on Thursday.



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