Blue Pottery

Blue Pottery is widely recognized as a traditional craft of Jaipur, though it is Turko-Persian in origin. The name blue pottery comes from the eye-catching blue dye used to colour the pottery. The Persian Art of blue pottery came to Jaipur from Persia and Afghanistan via Mughal Courts. Blue Pottery is made from quartz and not clay. Materials that are used include quartz, raw glaze, sodium sulphate, and multanimitti (earth's fuller) Like pottery it is fired only once. The biggest advantage is that blue pottery does not develop any cracks, and blue pottery is also impervious, hygienic, and suitable for daily use. Blue pottery is beautifully decorated with a brush when the pot is rotated. The Blue colour, derived from cobalt oxide, green derived from copper oxide and white, other non-conventional colours, such as yellow and brown adorn this pottery kind. The traditional patterns and motifs in blue pottery are of Persian origins.


For about 100 years, the art of Blue Pottery continued to flourish here. But thereafter, for reasons unknown, this art gradually vanished in its entirety.  In the year 1963, the responsibility for pouring life to the dying art had been handed over to Padmashri Kripal Singh Shekhawat. It is with his untiring efforts that the art has once again surged with a full life.

 

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