History of Jaipur Blue Pottery
The part of blue pottery came to Jaipur from Persia and Afghanistan via Mughal courts. They started using it in various architecture and later it was introduced in Delhi and transferred to Jaipur artisans in the 17th century.
The craft became popular and was considered the special art of Jaipur from the early 19th century under the reign of Swami Ram Singh.
The 6 Ingredients
The dough to form the pottery is made by mixing 6 ingredients quartz stone powder, powdered glass, Katira Gond powder, Multani Mitti, Saaji and water.
The Blue Colour
The blue colour or turquoise colour is obtained by the combination of crude copper oxide with salt or sugar in a kiln and then filtering it for use. The dark ultramarine colour is obtained from cobalt oxide.
Common Motifs and Designs
These are paired with gold and silver designs and the style of art is derived from the Turko-Persian style. These vessels mostly have designs of birds and animals such as horses and camels.
Variety and Decoration with Brush
They have different types of products such as ashtrays, jars, cups, tea sets, small bowls, crockery and many other utensils. Moreover, it is decorated with a brush when the pot is rotated.
No Identical Replicas
It is very difficult to make identical replicas of any product. It takes at least 15 to 20 days to finish the product it is not only time-consuming, tedious but also quite expensive.It usually ends up with a pattern that may not be exactly similar to what was planned originally. This is one of the main features which keeps the is the craftsmen interested in continuing to keep this craft alive.
Present Day Scenario
Despite the demand from the local market, there are other challenges faced by the artist in the international market because the production quality is not very appreciable and competition from the other types of potteries exist such as Khurja Pottery. Moreover, they fave great difficulty in marketing their products because mostly they are uneducated and not aware of the existing trends.
Another Reason To Buy These Products
Blue Pottery does not develop any crack and is also impervious, hygienic and suitable for daily use. The silver lining to this pottery is made in India and eco friendly so you are not just saying the environment but are also contributing to the wealth and growth of the Indian economy. Moreover, helping Indian artists who told day and night to nourish and feed their families.
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