The dough is prepared with clay and sand.
The mud is applied on the center of wheel which acts as an adhesive.
Placing the clay on the center of the wheel.
Once the wheel starts rotating, the craftsmen start to shape the clay.
The required form is being shaped.
Craftsman stretching the clay vertically.
Shaped object is now smoothened.
The finished product is then removed from the potter’s wheel.
The hands are attached and smoothened.
Both the hands are joined to place the diya on the hand.
Beautifully embellished final product.
The natural colored garden decorator.
Sadum is a small village located 65km away from Tirupati in Chitoor district in Andhra Pradesh. The ancient earthenware is traditionally practiced by craftsman in Sadum maintaining their own distinctive identity in the products. The practice of terracotta craft has been happening for many generations. The rich clay found in local ponds is very suitable for making clay idols. The finely processed clay is thrown on potter’s wheel and then the different parts of the idol are made independently and joined. Finally it is decorated with clay balls and thin clay coils. The craftsmen belong to Kummari community. In Sadum, the men are normally engaged in making the clay objects on potter’s wheel, wherein the women folk perform the decoration part. The artisans trained by the government training institutes try to introduce the contemporary designs in the products.
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