Process

The Making of Blue Pottery

The whole process of making Blue Pottery involves four main steps:

  • Pottery Making
  • Designing & Painting
  • Glazing
  • Firing

Part I: Pottery Making

(1) First the individual ingredients are crushed into small particles.

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(2) The tiny particles are then ground with a traditional grinder called a “chakki.”

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(3) The ingredients in powdered form:

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(4) The powdered ingredients are weighted and fixed in proportions.

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(5) Next, the dough is prepared from the powdered ingredients.

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Kneading the ingredients with water. Mixture is kept in a plastic bag to retain moisture.

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The dough ready for use.

(6) Then the dough is shaped.

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The dough is made into a chapatti

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Then the chapatti is flattened with a "thepai" (a traditional wooden tool).

(7) The chapatti is set into a mould.

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The edges are trimmed with a knife.

(8) The pottery is removed from the mould.

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      The mould is filled with ash to prevent deformation. After the mould sets, the ash is removed.

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      And the mould is lifted.

(9) Then the edges must be smoothed.

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      Pottery Making The final smoothing is done with sandpaper. (10) Pottery is coated with a white paste.

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      Applying the past.

Proceed to the next step: Designing & Painting.