|Description||eKolhapuri makes a statement of Indian Handicrafts. The brand offers exclusively handpicked Terracotta handicraft accents from rural artisans. It showcases diversity and heritage through their authentic products to the urban crowd at convenient prices, all while preserving the traditional art and craft. Since its a handmade the size and painting can differ to some extent.|
Terracotta pottery, which is now a popular hobby, has actually its existence dating back to 2600 to 1700 BC. Yes, during the time of the Indus Valley Civilization. Archaeological excavation at Mohenjodaro, Harappa and many other places have in fact uncovered various terracotta pots and also vessels. The making of terracotta pottery is no ordinary or easy process. Each terracotta pot or piece of art is created by a fascinating process with grace and dedication of that artisan and the time taken to make such a masterpiece is what makes terracotta so valuable and of course expensive.
Terracotta is nothing but “baked earth” in Italian. Terracotta is the type of clay which is actually used to produce terracotta pottery on a potter’s wheel. The potter at a full tilt rotates the wheel with his hands and then gives the ball of clay a desired shape . The pot or object,is then left to dry and is kept on top of combustible materials in a pit and fired. Mostly charcoal, wood or coconut shells are preferably used for firing these objects and the temperatures may range from 600 to 1000 deg C. The process is complete only after the pottery has been baked for more than two hours to ensure it is hard, strong and also most durable. Even then, given the basic nature of the clay, terracotta pottery is porous and water can seep through these pots. However, a coat of glaze can fix that, making these pots water tight. Thus, terracotta is usually of two types,one is glazed and the other unglazed. The glazed pots are usually easy to clean and food gets cooked evenly in them. However, unfortunately numerous benefits are lost, like the maintenance of the acid-alkaline balance as well as the earthy flavour that unglazed terracotta adds to the food when cooked in them.
Terracotta is mostly reddish or brown in colour and is considered to be the first ingenious expression of civilization. From the tiny earthen pots in which we store water to the giant-sized cultic equestrian figures of the rural Tamil deities of the Aiyanar cult, terracotta art has always occupied a consequential place in Indian life and culture. It has broken all the principles of Shilpasastra or sculpting and gives itself enormous freedom in terms of artsans imagination and conception, allowing the potter to translate his emotions and thoughts into the work of art.
Almost every Indian household utilizes some or the other kind of decorative product obtained from pottery, like earthen pots to grow plants, pitchers for storing water, table ware, clay sculptures and terracotta ringing bells that are finely crafted to make an ideal decor item for indoors as well as outdoors. These items are often in great demand during the festival season. Terracotta tiles have a long back history in many parts of the world. If you observe an agraharam in Tamil Nadu or Kerala, you will notice that the roofing tiles are made from terracotta clay. In the 19th century the prospect of terracotta spangle on buildings was highly appreciated by architects of that time. Terracotta is also known to used for fish breeding. A pot is kept inside the tank to make it convenient for the fish to lay their eggs. The breeding pot also changes the look and odour of the fish tank and improves the quality of water, which in turn generates good quality eggs.
Artists from our organization of terracotta art, works with terracotta clay and other raw materials to create and promote eco-friendly art and products. We aim to promote green living by promoting this craft.Terracotta is always truly an art form to be appreciated. Being one of the most oldest art forms, it has withstood the test of many civilizations. That’s why owning a terracotta artefact or piece of jewellery is nothing but owning a piece of history.
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