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The Making of Blue Pottery

The Making of Blue Pottery

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

Part I: Pottery Making

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

Crushing the particles

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

Grinding particles with a Chakki tool

(3) The ingredients in powdered form:

The ingredients in powdered form

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

Measuring the ingredients The measured ingredients

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

Kneading the Ingredients Placing in a plastic bag

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

A ball of dough

The dough ready for use.

(6) Then the dough is shaped.

The dough is made into a chapatti

The dough is made into a "chapatti."

The dough is flattened

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

(7) The chapatti is set into a mould.

Placing the chapatti into the mould Cutting off the excess dough

The edges are trimmed with a knife.

(8) The pottery is removed from the mould.

Filling the mould with ash Removing the ash

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

Lifting the mould

And the mould is lifted.

(9) Then the edges must be smoothed.

Smoothing the outside edges Smoothing the edges Smoothing the inside edges

Sandpappering the edges The final smoothing is done with sandpaper.

(10) Pottery is coated with a white paste.

The paste ingredients Applying the paste

Applying the paste.

Proceed to the next step: Designing & Painting.

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