The Image Park has been organizing various photo walks each month to different places to help polish the skills of many photography enthusiast and yesterday (16 June 2012), they had organized yet another photo walk to Pottery Square at Bhakatpaur Durbar Square. I had been the same place to take same photographs few weeks earlier but the rain spoiled it all for me. Luckily this time it was all sunny. Bhaktapur lies in the distance of about 17 kilometers. It is famous for the as a heritage site where thousand of tourist visit to get a glimpse of people, art, architecture, temples and pottery.
Travelling to Bhaktapur was one thing that I always avoid until couple of years back because the narrow roads used to be overcrowded with public bus, taxi, tempos and what not. But after the major road expansion of six lane, it has turned into a bikers paradise. The 17 kilometers of drive that took almost 3 hrs few years back can be done in less than 30 minutes now. As for me, the six lane road was the propelling factor for me to travel early in the morning for the Photo walk.
Way to Bhaktapur
The fascination of the pottery making has struck me since the childhood. I could watch these people in the pottery square shaping the balls of clay into pots and so many other things for hours. Its so amazing just watching at it that I thought it would be interesting sharing it in pictures to many out there reading this blog and for those making plans to travel to Nepal, this is one place that you should definitely visit during your full day sight seeing outings while in Nepal.
Pottery is made by forming a clay body
into objects of a required shape and heating them to high temperatures in a kiln
which removes all water from the clay, which induces reactions that lead to permanent changes including increasing their strength and hardening and setting their shape. A clay body can be decorated
before or after firing. Prior to some shaping processes, clay must be prepared. kneading
helps to ensure an even moisture content throughout the body. Air trapped within the clay body needs to be removed. This is called de-airing and can be accomplished by a machine called a vacuum pug
or manually by wedging
. Wedging can also help produce an even moisture content. Once a clay body has been kneaded and de-aired or wedged, it is shaped by a variety of techniques. After shaping it is dried and then fired. (Wikipedia)
After the clay balls are transformed into the desired shapes, these are then kept out in the sun to dry it up before burning them into a concrete shape. The process to smooth up the rough patches is also done during the drying up.
Drying it before taking it to the kilns for further process.
After the wet pots dries up, it is colored and are further taken to burn it on the kilns to make it concrete.
Women waiting for the pots to dry up.
After these pots are burned, these are kept in rows out in the sun waiting for it to dry.
Waiting to be sold.
After these pots are fully dried up, these are forwarded to the vendors and shopkeeper in the Bhaktapur area who further sell them to the customer.