PUDUCHERRY: From 24 carat Gold plating on pottery to microwavable , dishwasher and oven safe utility items have been showcased at the second edition of the Auroville International Potters’ Market being organized at visitors Centre, Auroville from January 23 to 26.
Showcasing their work of art , 27 potters from Auroville and sub-region, Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Delhi, Gurgoan, Goa, Mumbai, Pune, Villupuram and Russia and Germany have brought out only varied items and styles but also techniques in pottery. Auroville is an experiment in human unit and this market of potters is also in line with the experiment in sharing techniques, ideas and learn from each other, said Ange Peter, who runs Forest Pottery in Auroville and is the main organizer of the event.
The event is out in the open under the shades of trees, where stoneware, terracotta and others decorative and utility products has been made through various techniques of stone firing, wood firing , luster firing soda firing and others . While some have glazed look, others are rustic. The 24 carat gold plating on a mug which is sold for Rs 2500 has been named Mugs for life. If its breaks the artist pledges to replace with a new one free of charge. Beautiful works of Lord Buddha, Vinayaga, soup bowl , jewellery , very colourful bottles , containers for storage .
An sales of Rs 7 to 10 lakhs is expected this year, said Ange . lat year had fetched a sale of Rs 5.5 lakhs. Two ceramic workshops are also being held as part of the market this year — a 10-day crash course on Haiyu slipware, by Ange and another on the Japanese Raku (bowl) by welsh potter Jane Malvisi.