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Happy Guru Purnima

Happy Guru Purnima

July 3, 2012 | by Mounish | category Wish
Guru Brahma Gurur Vishnu,
Guru Devo Maheshwaraha.
Guru Saakshat Para Brahma,
Tasmai Sree Gurave Namaha.
May guru’s blessings Always shower on you.
ArteeCraftee Team Wishis Every One A Very Happy Guru Purnima
Happy Guru Purnima

Pottery : The evergreen art

May 4, 2012 | by sneha | category Information
When I hear the word pottery the first picture in my mind is of a panihari walking at the panghat(water resource) and Krishna hitting it with a stone! Ah thats the beauty of mythology #BeingIndian, isn’t it? Well but as we talk about pottery there is a lot more than just the fun at panghat to it. Pottery is an art and it dates back to pre-historic period..well there is no date available and there is no way we can guess.
To make pots one needs the right clay, temperature and pressure and thats it. But to beautify it we need many other resources. Wheels to give shape, colour, decoration such as gold (oh yes gold!!!), silver or other metals and stones and glitter. Now, I am an artee and craftee persona and I don’t wanna sound nerdy but the clay of pottery contains silica and alumina and the properties (porosity, malleability, plasticity) of clay differ according to the cost and the needs. Now just like our life has different stages in mamma’s belly, then childhood, the making of you = adolescence and so on pottery also has to go through some stages to become strong these stages are greenware (raw and breakable), Leather hard (dried but still in making), Bone-dry (0% moisture) and then biscuit (the final product) and when it has to be extra strong there is one more stage called Glost fire.
Now lets try and make a pot! I have few choices here. I can either use my hand, a wheel, granulate pressuring, injection moulding, pressure casting or any of such method. Trust me I am not a potter and none of these methods are going to be easy for me. If I succeed in making a pot the next part is pretty cool. Decoration!! I can do some glazing, can give it some banding..remember the edges of the cups and saucers have a border line thats banding..,I can use some lithography to make prints on the pot or yes yes yes I can use some gold! (only if someone gives me some loan) Glazing is like applying a glossy layer on the pottery which is normally done using salt or ash.
Pottery is either earthenware, porcelain or stoneware. It all differs from region to region as well according to the availability of the clay. This helps the archaeologist to study the culture and to conclude a lot just out of the pottery. ( all I understand is if the pot has gold design someone very rich was its owner :D )
Lastly though I am the Eco-friendly nature ki rakshak (Saviour of nature) I like pottery and I understand that it is not very Eco-friendly : *cries like a baby* . Pottery has harmed nature since the ancient times but now as the methods have changed the harm is growing exponentially.. Hindi film moment *nahhhhhhiiiiiii*!! But in-spite of all the pollution and effects on workers, pottery is beautiful!
TerraCotta Doll

Rajasthan Art and Craft and Handicraft

April 23, 2012 | by sneha | category Indian Handicrafts
After our tour of Gujarat the second stop is Rajasthan. A place to get royal experience, a tourist destination, land of food, traditions, art and craft and handicrafts. I remember as a kid I have bought n number of jooties (mojdis) because one design was just not enough. I have wandered in the streets admiring the bandhani, leheryas and the bangles made of lac and glass. Rajasthan art and craft. Today I will take you with me to through that memory lane!
Our first stop is a

chitrashala

(a place where you find awesome paintings): Rajasthan is famous for its beautiful, out of the world and unique style of painting. The miniature paintings date from somewhere near 16th century! The best ones are found in in havelis of the Shekhawati region and Kota and Bundi (my birth place)!!From paintings on the wall to puppets in hand, Rajasthan has it all. Puppets were ancient source of entertainment and they do not cease to amuse us even today. Katputlli ka khel is the thing which fascinates modern India just the way it did years ago.These Kutputlis have sparkling eyes, colorful clothes and the look is complete with proper footwear (detailing you see). This takes us to our next stop : Footwear , generally know as mojri or jooties. These are made of leather, sometimes camel skin and sometimes something else. The work on these jooties defines its price. A tip here: oil your jooties before wearing them or else you wont be anle to walk for too long.

In our wonderful jooties now we are walking on Kota stone and are about to see some awesome jewelry.

Bangles made of lac and glass are classics (take care, do not take them near fire or they will melt!) .. A line from a rajathani song says, “Bajabandhri loom lat uljhi uljhi jaaye, Mahri rakhri ra motida bekhrya bekhrya jaaye” :) Yes rakhri, bal, bajuband, gajra and gokhru are must haves for a jewlry lover!Now we will be walking in sky! Ever desired for those beautiful carpets which would fly? Well these do not actually fly but will give you a feeling that you are above the ground.

Now lets talk about some scented art, yes the sandalwood miniature statues are amazing and so is the terracotta – beautiful mostly reddish coloured glazed pottery with different designs.Last but the most stunning is the Blue Pottery. Flower pots, vases, bowls, water pots and other objects are produced in traditional geometrical and floral motifs, as well as hand-painted details of Rajasthani legends. It is made of crushed quartz instead of clay!
So after this little tour do you feel like sharing something about your culture? Please go ahead, tell us about you.. We are listening :) Cheers!!
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What is Art And Crafts ?

February 9, 2012 | by Mounish | category Information
Arts and Crafts includes all those activities and/or hobbies which comprises of making things with hands and skill of the person. Art and Crafts can be subdivided into handicrafts and the rest. Some of the crafts are being practiced since centuries and others are practiced after modern inventions.
Art and Craft requires skill, patience, speed, and keen interest, but they can also be learnt on a more basic level by virtually anyone. Products prepared under category Art and Crafts could be of anything: either made by hand or simple tools or either by some complex tools but would be having an artistic touch to the product.More details on art and crafts coming soon.
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