Blue pottery products are termed as exquisite art pieces in the world for their glazed charm. These are such versatile products that are used for domestic household purposes as well as decoratives too. Along with perfecting the look of religious shrines and temples of major faiths in the world, blue pottery articles in most demands come as exclusive traditional pieces. They are blue pottery flowerpots, surahs, pots, tiles, and cylindrical containers. Decorative blue pottery items like lamp stands, ashtrays, earrings, beads, mugs, soap dishes, jugs, and doorknobs are also seen fashionably.
Delicate looking dark blue pottery is also ideal for gifts and souvenirs.
Origin of Blue Pottery
Matching the Mughals, India’s British control was significantly over legal, educational, and traditional modifications in Rajasthan. Along with their equestrian games such as polo and other sports, the weaponry too saw some European entrants in the Indian landscape. Newest rifles, guns, and pistols, shikar (hunting) camps, English crockery, Belgian glass, French chiffons, European music, furniture, and gradually—showy limousines.
Similarly, India blended in the blue pottery art in its culture that originally belongs to the foreign land of Persia. The Persian skilled artisans started making blue glazed pottery from Multani mitti or Fuller’s Earth. The innovative Mongols who blended it with the Chinese glazing expertise first developed it. Mughals also used it as an architectural part as tiles in their palaces and decorate their mosques and tombs. However, there was more development to be seen in blue pottery making as potters favorably took it up vigorously.
Blue Pottery in Jaipur
The fine art of blue pottery or blue ware traveled from Central Asia to Kashmir and then to the plains of Delhi. Nevertheless, the Rajput ruler of Jaipur, Maharaja Ram Singh II (1835 – 1880) also introduced it in Jaipur, just to turn it into a thriving place for blue pottery that is evident today. He set up an art school in Jaipur to give a final addition to his fondness for the art of blue pottery.
An example can be the beautiful fountains of the Rambagh Palace lined with partial blue-glazed tiles. Unfortunately, many others including blue pottery faced a slow death during the squeezing British empire. However, after a long time of obscurity, blue pottery came back due to joint efforts of the revival of some eminent personalities of Jaipur.
Manufacturing Blue Pottery
The enchanting lovely blue pottery is made through a tedious manufacturing process that is not reversible at any step of its making. The dough is prepared of ground quartz, sodium sulfate, raw glaze, and fuller’s earth. It is a craft form that does not ensure the definite shape of the final product obtained, either. The skillful hands of the artisan give the dough a useful shape with the help of molds followed by getting handpainted with chemical paints. It is quite interesting to know that when the unfired painted pieces are kept on fire (8000C-8500C), the painted surfaces dramatically change their color.
The kiln temperature kept constant for six hours contributes towards the oxide colors to create the magic. Every constituent melts only to crystalize the quartz that constitutes the strength of the blue ware. Usage of traditional colors on the blue pottery articles such as blue (from oxide of cobalt), white and yellow (green from the oxide of copper) is favorably seen. The blue pottery items are painted with a brush made of squirrel’s hair for fine detail and precision.
The salability of Blue Pottery
Being hygienic, blue pottery wares never fail to attract pairs of eyes that serve to be different from the conventional fragile articles. Its beauty, as well as historic value, makes it a fascinating piece to buy and flaunt. After coming to Jaipur, tourists bag such artistry and class at many affordable prices. These are found at various handicraft shops in Amber Road, Jaipur. More of a showpiece, its limited usage helps in preserving it for a longer duration of time.
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