Portrait 15: The potter and his creation


Kumbharwada or Potter’s colony in Dharavi is one place you will find more earthen pots, diyas, containers than people. The layout of the houses in the Kumbharwada is around fire kilns which are used to dry the pots after they have been kept out in the sun for a couple of days. It is not surprising to find a lot of elderly potters still creating working the clay into everyday objects such as this water container.

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Shaping the pot

Was just going through one of the blogs on my Blogroll called Project Dharavi which is documenting the life around Asia’s largest slum. The members includes writers, painters and photographers who are documenting Dharavi through their medium of choice.
I remembered doing a photo essay as a part of my Journalism school assignment which also revolved around the same theme. I was visiting Dharavi for the first time back then and was completely impressed with the enterprising individuals i came across there. Leather tannery, farsan making units, lantern workshops, hand painted diyas were just some of the many cottage industries i came across there.
I mainly concentrated on the Kumharwada or Potter’s Colony. Since i had gone shooting just a few weeks prior to Diwali that year, the potter’s colony was buzzing with activity. Here are two photographs from that series, where i finally came across a potter who was shaping his pots on the potter’s wheel. I was tired of seeing the electronic wheel where ever i went. I know it was convenient, but having grown up with the vision of seeing pots being shaped on the wheel (which was rotated manually) i guess i wanted to see it live.

I guess it is about time i make another trip to this wonderful place.
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PS : Working on the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2011 photo blog post. Stay tuned.