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B. R. Pandit


Abhay Pandit(Son)

image Art Form:
Ceramic Art / Pottery

image Shop Address:
Pandit Art Ceramic, Kalakar Niwas, Panchal Udyog Nagar, Goddev Phatak Road, Bhayander - East, Thane, North Mumbai - 401105, Landmark - Swagat Hotel & Syndicate Bank.

image Award: State Award - 1992, Shilp Guru Award - 2008, Padma Shri Award - 2013

image Note:

Pottery is perhaps the oldest craft in the world.

Traditional folk pottery has always been a part of Indian life and ceremonies. From pre-historic times, there has been an abundance of beautifully fashioned utilitarian pottery. It is one of the most ancient crafts surviving today. Different varieties of pottery like red, black, buff and gray were often painted with black and white pigments or decorated with geometrical incisions. Domestic pottery comes in a bewildering profusion of attractive shapes and sizes. The process of pottery involves modelling, shaping of clay, drying and firing. Clay can be categorized as primary clay, which include china clay and bentonite and secondary clay which include common clay, red clay, ball clay and fire clay. The potter throws the painstakingly kneaded clay on to the centre of the wheel, rounding it off, and then spinning the wheel around with a stick. As the whirling gathers momentum, he begins to shape the clay into the required form. When finished, he skillfully severs the shaped bit from the rest of the clay with a string. Though the firing is done in an improvised kiln, the quality and beauty does not get affected. Intricate glaze is made from a mixed composition, fired to form a vitreous material with glazed surface, and then coloured by different mineral substances.

Pottery is generally classified as earthenware, stoneware and porcelain, in relation to the clay used and the firing temperatures.