This craft has existed since generations and caters to the tribals who travel from as far as Madhya Pradesh to buy them every year. Once a year, in the months of Feb-Mar, the tribals buy the brightly painted terracotta plaques from these potters.
Pottery is made by forming a clay body into objects of a required shape and heating them to high temperatures in a kiln which removes all the water from the clay.This increases strength, hardens and sets the shape. A clay body can be decorated before or after firing.Air trapped within the clay body needs to be removed. This is called de-airing and can be accomplished by a machine called a vacuum pug or manually by wedging.Wedging can also help produce an even moisture content. Once a clay body has been kneaded and de-aired or wedged, it is shaped by a variety of techniques. After shaping it is dried and then fired.
Cast Paper is a paper crafting technique in which paper fibre or pulp, such as cotton fibre paper, is formed using a mould.The pulp may consist of pure fibre, or be an amalgam of fibre, binder, and filler, such as Papier-mâché.The technique is employed for sculpture as well as bas-relief
Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth,
or cloth made using this technique.Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool called a canting or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called a cap.The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artisan to colour selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colours are desired.
Today, papier-mâché has become less of a commercial product.Plastics and composites taking over the decorative and structural roles that papier-mâché played in the past.There are exceptions, such as Micarta, a modern paper composite and traditional applications such as the piñata. It is still used in cases where the ease of construction and low cost are important, especially in arts and crafts.
Glass etching comprises the techniques of creating art on the surface of glass by applying acidic, caustic, or abrasive substances.Traditionally this is done after the glass is blown or cast, although mould-etching has replaced some forms of surface etching.The removal of minute amounts of glass causes the characteristic rough surface and translucent quality of frosted glass.
In order to construct a productive way of engaging in his artwork, one needs to look at a whole body of work done over a long period of time rather than singular pieces. While looking discerningly, one can observe disjuncture’s, leaps in some places, re-looking, re-understanding and questioning of his own beliefs in approaching the given in terms of history, material and artistic conventions.
The technology for glass beadmaking is among the oldest human arts, dating back 3,000 years .Glass beads have been dated back to at least Roman times.Perhaps the earliest glass-like beads were Egyptian faience beads, a form of clay bead with a self-forming vitreous coating.Glass beads are significant in archaeology because the presence of glass beads often indicate that there was trade and that the beadmaking technology was being spread. In addition, the composition of the glass beads could be analyzed and help archaeologists understand the sources of the beads.
Mosaic is the art of creating image small with an assemblage ofs pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. It is a technique of decorative art or interior decoration.Most mosaics are made of small, flat, roughly square, pieces of stone or glass of different colors, known as tesserae; but some, especially floor mosaics, may also be made of small rounded pieces of stone, and called “pebble mosaics” Modern mosaics are made by professional artists, street artists, and as a popular craft. Many materials other than traditional stone and ceramic tesserae may be employed, including shells, glass and beads.
Sand casting is a metal casting process characterized by using sand as the mould material.In addition to the sand, a suitable bonding agent (usually clay) is mixed. The mixture is moistened, generally with water, to develop strength and plasticity of the clay and to make the aggregate suitable for moulding.The sand is than contained in a system of frames or mould boxes known as a flask. The mould cavities and gate system are created by compacting the sand around models, or patterns, or carved directly into the sand.