India is home to more than a million potters. Different regions of India have different and distinct character that reflects in the artworks. There is an astounding variety of shapes, sizes and designs - depending upon the location of its creation. The pretty, unglazed matkas piled high in various cities across the country are usually made with locally available clay.
Traditional local potters usually work as a community and are involved in production pottery. Their work is very need based and occasion specific. Their production largely comprises of unglazed kulhars, matkas for kulfi, ghadas for puja, haandis, toys, dolls, wall hangings, lanterns and diyas for diwali. Their pots are fired in the primitive way of digging a trench or a pit into the earth!