Traditional pot making using potters wheel in India (2019)

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today we are here at pot making industry to show you the full process of
pot-making in which clay is turned into beautiful pots which is mostly used in
rural areas in India the art of pottery takes us back to the invention of fire. a
turning point in the evolution of man this video will take us through the
whole process of pottery practiced by a family who have been in this line of
work for many generations in Kerala . pots are made of clay taken especially from
mud fields rich in its content . the brick red raw particles in the clay are
scraped off it is done so to prevent the pot from cracking due to the brittle
element of rocks this is the first step in pot making the speciality of the clay
used in pot making is the stickiness the stickness helps in holding together the
pot while molding the family takes the clay from Vadayar in Kerala the
refined clay is then mixed with fine sand and it is kneaded thoroughly to get the
right consistency and moisture. the potter’s wheel is set in motion with the
long rod before depositing the clay dough into the middle of the wheel the potter presses his hand into the
middle of the lump of clay creating a slight depression in the middle then he
works the clay up and molds it into a pot with an enlarged middle and a
slightly smaller top. water is used to shape the pot into its desired shape the potter scrapes of excess and smoothens the surface using a flat wooden tool the rim of the pot is created using a
thick bendy leather like cloth strip by placing the bendy strip the top
portion of the pot falls backward and becomes the rim of the pot after the
decide shape is made the Potter plunges a sharp iron needle-like tool in the
bottom of the pot .the pot is then taken of the wheel swiftly . at this stage the
bottom of the pot will be hollow the rest of the clay on the wheel is molded
into different pots potters have been forming vessels from
clay bodies for millions of years .when the nomadic man settled down and discovered
fire .the firing of clay pots were not far behind pinch pots made from
balls of clay into which fingers or thumbs are inserted to make the opening
may have been the first pottery coil pots from from long coils of clay there
are blended together were not far behind these first pots where fired at low
temperatures and were thus fragile and porous .ancient Potter’s partially solved
this by burnishing the surfaces with a rock or hardwood before firing these low
temperature fire pots were blackened by these fires. decorations were generally the
result of incisions or insertions of tools in soft clay. early Potter’s
created objects that could be used for practical purposes as well as objects
that represented their fertility gods the potter who spins the wheel and molds
a clay gets up to rupees ten for each pot most of the earthen pots made are used
in toddy Tapping earthen pots are vanishing from indian
kitchens. to preserve this declining art government have broughtout suggestions to
replace the aluminum foil packets with eco-friendly earthen pots in Indian
Railway pantries. these measures should be done to help the specialized workers
who are left without jobs and need the aid of the government’s. extraction of
Soil is also an area that needs attention and help. as it is a raw
material for the making of pots the pots are then dried in shade for
four days after which the pots are manually beaten using a wooden tool on
the outside and patted by smooth rock from the inside. the repeated beating of
the pot flattens and joins the pots bottom thereby closing the hole .after
that using another flat wooden tool the skilled workers smoothen the surface then wooden seals are used to mark the
designs onto the pot. the designs that are beated on to the pot will expel the
remaining rock particles making the pot more stronger and durable the finished
product is then placed on dried coconut leaves it is kept in shade the first day
on the second day the pot is put out in the Sun partially and in the fourth day
it is kept in sunlight for the whole day on the fifth day the pots are ready to
go into the kiln or the furnace specially prepared for the making of pots the kiln
is prepared using dried coconut leaves wood hay small wooden sticks and mud.
preparation of the kiln or furnace requires 12 hours and after the pots are
laid up. it burns through the night. after which the pots are ready to be sold. a
kiln will have up to 300 pots and each pot will be sold for 130 rupees. earthen
pots are used in cooking has got a lot of advantages as it is made out of pure
clay it also cools down the water stored and help in keeping food fresh longer
and toxic-free this business is degrading as people
tend to buy pots are made up of synthetic substances the workers don’t let strangers enter
and was the Kiln as it is considered a bad omen in their culture and will
result in the pots getting cracked thanks for watching subscribe and also
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69 Replies to “Traditional pot making using potters wheel in India (2019)”

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  2. GREATER PIRAVOM: Terra cotta products, especially pots and other utensils, manufacturing is also an art as well as handi craft, was very common in Kerala, for centuries. Now it is not that much familiar as was before due to various reasons.

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