Monday, September 11, 2017

* Amazing Blue Pottery of Jaipur in the colourful Indian State of Rajasthan

Images of this amazing craft-form of Blue Pottery with a brief write-up follow the following brief introduction. Please don't miss viewing them.

Jaipur, the Pink city, the land of magnificent monuments, the land with its profound royal heritage, is also famous for its exotic blue pottery.This craft-form is of Turko-Persian origin and is considered today the traditional craft-form of Jaipur.



There are certain things that eventually become the identities of certain places. Like for instance when you think of Agra, the first thing that strikes your mind is Taj Mahal, similarly, when you think about Kanjeevaram you immediately think about it's ageless timeless silk Sarees. So is the case with Jaipur. The moment you hear the word Jaipur, the first thing that comes to mind is its extraordinarily mesmerizing blue pottery! Those of you who have visited Jaipur would definitely agree with this honest statement. The exquisite blue pottery that attracts visitors from all around the world has been acknowledged as the conventional art of Jaipur.




Did you every think of buying a few pieces of these artifacts for decorating your living-room space? Here are some for you to explore :




Here is a small collection of blue pottery wonders created by some of the brilliant craftsmen of India :



Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

The art of making Blue Glaze Pottery came to Rajasthan via Kashmir, the entry point for Persian art to India. The name comes from the eye catching blue dye used to color the clay. The Jaipur Blue Pottery made out of an Egyptian paste, is glazed and low fired. This pottery is opaque and mostly decorated with animal and bird motifs. Being fired at low temperature, it is fragile and easily chipped. Blue Pottery is Turko-Persian in origin. But today it's widely known as one of the distinctive crafts of Jaipur.


When the city of Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Sawai Jai Singh I, craftsmen from all over the country were invited to come and make their home in this new city. Royal Patronage, lucrative offers and the attraction of living in a beautiful city, led many artisans and craftsmen to come and settle in Jaipur. By the beginning of the 19th century the city was well established as a thriving art centre. In keeping with the traditions of his forefathers, Sawai Ram Singh II (1835-1880) set up a school of art and continued to encourage artists and craftsmen for practising this craft. Blue Pottery thus took an interesting route in finding its home in Jaipur.

On the verge of extinction today, Blue Pottery had enormous potential in the past and should have flourished beautifully. But over the years, master potters refused to share their trade secrets with their fellow craftsmen, which later resulted in gradual dying of the craft-form. In 1952 the art school was closed down and all local handicrafts almost vanished from the scene including blue pottery.Over the years, however, this craft has been kept alive by her Highness Maharani Gayatri Devi who undertook the job of widely promoting Blue Pottery all over. 

Blue Pottery is widely recognized as a traditional craft of Jaipur, though, as already mentioned, it is Turko-Persian in origin. Some of this pottery is semi-transparent and mostly decorated with animal and bird motifs. Being fired at very low temperature makes them fragile. The range of items is primarily decorative, such as ashtrays, vases, coasters, small bowls and boxes for trinkets. The colour palette is restricted to blue derived from the cobalt oxide, green from the copper oxide and white, though other non-conventional colours, such as yellow and brown too are sometimes included.


As a result of Rajmata Gayatri Devi's patronage, today blue pottery is an industry that provides livelihood to many people in Jaipur. The traditional designs have been adapted, and now, apart from the usual urns, jars, pots and vases, we can find tea-sets, cups and saucers, plates and glasses, jugs, ashtrays and napkin rings as well among other things.

More information on Jaipur Blue Pottery, with web-links to the sources of the following images of pottery items, will follow soon. Stay tuned, & please don't miss the fun of exploring these craft-forms of India.


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