Pottery in Indian Villages presents a wonderful amalgamation of concept, design, and execution. There are many villages in India that are famous for producing extraordinary pottery products. The Indians are experts in molding clay with their hands to form various things of daily utility, toys, and deities of worship since the ancient period. Pottery in Indian villages can be classified in religious aspects as well.
There is one such village called Varnul in our Kolhapur district. The pottery is made in this village from October to May. This whole village belongs to the potters, so wherever you look, you can see different forms of pottery work. The pottery business has been going on in this village for many years. The method of work here is completely traditional. So the people here are working hard to inherit it. This business has been going on in Kolhapur since the time of Chhatrapati Sahu Maharaj and this business has been completed for almost 120 years.
The soil required for pottery is imported from a specific part of the state of Karnataka. Due to the properties of this soil, pots get different shape. First of all, the clay is made of mud and then it is given a rough shape on a wheel. This is the most difficult method. When the pots on the wheel are formed, it is given a round shape with the tool “Thapi” so that the pots are formed in a round shape.
This work has to be done in full detail and there is uniformity in the work. When the pots are shaped into rounds, the pots are arranged on a slope for roasting and hardening in the furnace. After setting fire to the furnace, it is completely covered with dried grass from above and all the pots are covered. This creates a full hard pot inside. At least 50 pots are formed at a time. When all this work is done, these pots are sent for sale in all the districts of Maharashtra.
About Vedant Kulakarni
In 2020 I completed Applied Art in Photography with distinction in Kolhapur city. I have been studying photography for the last 5 years. AS Dnyaneshwar Vaidya became a guru and taught him how to do disciplined photography, how to do it, and how to convey it to the people. Travel Photography, Astrophotography, and Landscape Photography. It is trying to showcase the natural, geographical, traditional and historical beauty of our country to the world. 90% of photography is learned through experience.
Photography is an art just like any other art. In my view, a photo is a combination of all these years of hard work, experience, time and money, study, endurance, honesty, so it becomes a photo, so photography and becoming a photographer is not a common art. Going to Ashadhi Wari, Pattankodoli Yatra, Red Festival at Veer, Ganesh Festival, I got a chance to capture the traditions there on my camera.
I also visited Hampi, Konkan, Goa, the Western Ghats for landscape and travel photography. And I won 9 gold medals, 1 silver medal, 1 bronze medal, and 9 other awards in Federation of Indian photography competitions. It is sincerely trying to present the sanctity, culture and beauty of our India to the world through photography.
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