Terracotta from Pokharan

Terracotta from Pokharan

I always knew Pokharan only as the first underground site where India tested its nuclear weapon detonation. So when we stopped over there on our way to Jaisalmer, I was surprised to see a typical bustling town. Dotted with jewellery stores selling the beautiful kadas (bangles), old men smoking their bidis and soaking themselves in the winter sun, we walked through a busy market selling fresh vegetables. We passed by beautiful havelis (most of them in very bad condition and close to ruins) and reached the potter’s place. The potters stayed in a colony of sorts. I had just enough time to pick up a few souvenirs from this place, before hitting the road to Jaisalmer. Asharam’s home was the first one on the street. This (picture above) is what I found! A whole lot of his products. Though terracotta is such a common material that we encounter in our everyday lives, it never fails to fascinate me.

Terracotta artisan Asharam from Pokharan

Terracotta artisan Asharam from Pokharan

Asharam has a very serious look when he works. His deft hands give the finishing touches that make the whole thing seem so real.

Handmade Giraffe pot

Handmade Giraffe pot

A giraffe pot for plants. Asharam also makes other interesting pots with bulls, elephants, even birds!

The process of making a Giraffe pot

The process of making a Giraffe pot

The process of making a Giraffe pot! Here are some designs.

Animal collection of pots from Pokharan

Animal collection of pots

Terracotta urns

Terracotta urns

Clay storage in the backyard

Clay storage in the backyard

 The entire household is built around his work. The clay is stored in the backyard and offer a wonderful play area for his children.

Asharam's children

Asharam’s children

A smile for the road! For more pictures, please click here..

3 Thoughts on “Pokharan’s Potter

  1. dhoka! i clicked on the link mentioned for more pictures. par koi peacock nahi dikha! :-P

  2. Why were you looking for a peacock?! :)

  3. Richa Hinger on July 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm said:

    Hey maam,i saw the bull at ur place…! :)

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