Glorious Blue Pottery originated in Persia
and came to Rajasthan via Kashmir. Blue
pottery is an art of adorning clay pottery
items. And the name comes from Persian blue
dye, which is used to color the clay. The
pottery is made using various varieties of
clay, and other materials.
Blue pottery products are beautifully
festooned using an Egyptian paste, which
glazes when baked on low-heat. The blue
pottery items are very glossy, colorful and
superficially smooth. The procedure of
making these items is very complex, and is
not easily pursued.
The clay is shaped accordingly, and then it
is baked to make fragile pottery objects.
Clay is a natural material that contains
fine-grained minerals, offering plasticity.
Other than clay, dough is used, which
contains ground quartz, fullerís earth,
borax and gum.
The already molded products are painted with
Egyptian paste and baked once more. The
manufacturing is quite indispensible as a
little change in the entire process can ruin
the entire product.
The color schemes used are blue (oxide of
cobalt) and green (oxide of copper). The
non-conventional colors such as brown (oxide
of iron) and yellow (oxide of cadmium) are
also incorporated. Initially, very beautiful
blue pottery tiles were used to embellish
the holy places such as mosques and tombs.
Their uses in palaces were remarkable, where
Mughals used blue glaze technique in
embossing grand palaces. The art came to
Jaipur in 17th century, and was frequently
used in many buildings of the city.
Jaipur emerged as a key centre in late 19th
century, for producing blue pottery wares.
Various items of blue pottery are found on a
vast display all over the markets, round the
city. These beauties add charm to every
place, wherever used. Their vibrant colors
are pleasant to eyes.
These products can be used to accessories,
or can easily be incorporated in kitchen,
adding glamour. Various products fabricated
using this specific art form, are pots,
mugs, plates, bowls, ornament boxes,
ashtrays, saucers, vases, etc. Jaipur
market, which embraces a great collection of
blue pottery lies on Amber road, on the way
towards Jal Mahal. Donít miss to bargain.