of the first skills known to the Indians was Pottery, the
art of handling clay. Pottery is one of those significant
mediums through which humans have articulated their emotions.
Without a doubt, pottery art
has been one of the most beautiful
forms of expression for thousands of years. Each piece of
pottery has a visual message in its shape and colour.
The raw material can be found everywhere as well as the artists, village potters. You can see them pottering on their wheels and shaping all kinds of pitchers and crockery everywhere in India. Whereas pottery for daily use - like surahis (pitchers), gharas (water pots), gamlas (flower pots) and diyas (lamps) - is made all over India, certain areas specialize in a particular type.
Furthermore, pottery in India
has deep religious importance, aside from commercial and sociological implications.
The translucent blue pottery of Delhi and Jaipur has granted
a touch of grandeur to the art of pottery. Today, the pottery
industry is carried on in both, the modern and traditional
way. Hundreds of small and big factories all over the country
keep this age-old tradition alive. Moreover, clay offerings,
often in the form of horses, elephants or bulls, are made
throughout India. However, they are seldom seen beyond the
rural localities in which they appear and disappear.
Come to India which is home to more than a million potters. Learn how to create clay pottery such as pinch pots, coil pots and mugs from potters who are wonderful masters of their trade. For those who are interested in pottery, this is the best opportunity to become competent and skilful in the techniques of preparing, moulding, throwing and decorating pottery.