Thursday, April 09th, 2009 | Author:

Pottery art in India is common form of occupation in the villages. Special craftsmen belonging to the khumbhar community cultivated the skill in making earthen ware of various shapes which had utility value. The modernity in this area is extended to exclusive pottery articles like vases, bowls, crockery and other arte crafts. The pottery art is also becoming a popular hobby idea where young and old participate in the revelry of clay making.


Pottery work is appealing in its raw form though glazing the art is also common. There are colored pottery articles from miniatures to huge urns that come with artistic designs in green/blue and flecks of red. Coloring the pottery is a more modern form of art where the designs enhance the art. The essential rule for pottery making is cultivating the skill. This is acquired with sheer patience and handwork.


The clay is placed in a turntable and the hand is worked with palms alternating the pressure to form a desired shape. An experienced artist can help you in arriving at a stage or mould it with finesse. The next step is removing it carefully from the kiln and drying the same. Painting can be done on the same and then the piece is adequately heated so as to secure the shape and form.


Glazing the pottery means to give a coating to form a texture. There are several contemporary urns and pots in all cultures that relate to non glazed variety. The process is getting modernized with battery operated or electronic turntables to spin the clay. Various tools are also being developed for sculpting the design on the pottery item like knives so as to embed the color or design.


Pottery work of Rajasthan is a great collection in green and blue pottery. The terracotta works also happen with intricate minakari work on jewelry items related to pottery. Gold finishes on urns and decorative pieces are also remarkable. Utility earthen pots or the traditional matka is still a necessity kitchen item and the most dependable water cooler.

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