Clay plays a crucial role in every traditional household across India. Though potters are in plenty, we travelled in search of clusters that have a rich history and following traditional techniques of making clayware. This took us to the Cauvery Delta region which is known for the quality of clay and the cluster of artisans for their traditional making technique. These artisans follow the traditional technique honed over ten generations working on clay from the Cauvery river delta.
The only mechanization that has happened till date is the motorized rotation of the wheel.
Everything they do is hand-made- from mixing the clay, creating the cookware including the traditional way of baking the clay under heaps of leaves and covered with clay.
These last generation artisans live as a community and work together to retain what is left of their tradition. The next generation is looking for better opportunities than take up this art-form and carry forward their legacy. It was a wonderful experience spending the whole day with them, observing and learning every steps in the making of clay cookware. When we explore the depth of their artistic skills, we tend to appreciate the effort and value of their work.