Thursday, January 14, 2016


Once there was a sparrow called Phudgudi and a crow called Bhanate. They were fast friends. One day Bhanate said – O Phudgudi! If you lay eggs first then I will eat them and if I lay eggs first then you can eat them. Agreed!
Phudgudi agreed. 

 A few days later Phudgudi laid an egg. Bhanate said – Give me your egg. I will eat it. Do give it. Give it! Give it. Phudgudi was scared. She said – Yes, but I want you to first go and wash your beak in the river.

  Bhanate went to the river bank and said to it – O river ! Yes, brother – said the river. Bhanate – O river, please give me some water. With cold water I’ll wah my beak which I seek.
The river said – But how will you fill water ? Get a pot. Bhanate went to the potter and said – O potter ! please  give me a pot. The potter said – But how do make a pot ? Go and get some clay from the clay-pitBhanate went to the clay-pit and said to it –Oclay-pit! please give me some clay.
The clay-pit said – But how do I dig the soil? Get me a trowel from the blacksmith. Bhanate went to the blacksmith and said to him – O blacksmith! The blacksmith said – Yes, brother Bhanate. What do you want? Bhanate said – Please give me a trowel.
The blacksmith said – Sure, you can take the trowel but do remember to return it. Bhanate took the trowel and went to the clay-pit. It dug the soil and got some clay. The potter made a pot for him.

let us how a potter make apot.
Many, many years ago, there was a time when people had no pots. They started feeling the need to store and cook food. After a lot of effort and thinking, people learnt to make pots.
In the beginning, pots were made of stone and clay. People made pots of stones by digging and scraping stones with their hands. They made pots of clay by kneading the clay and shaping them with their hands. People also discovered that clay pots could be made stronger by baking them in fire.
In history first  potter's wheel was first developed in Mesopotamia.  A  potter's wheel is a machine used in the shaping of round ceramic ware. The wheel may also be used during the process of trimming the excess body from dried ware and for applying incised decoration or rings of color.

 Preparations of pots
There are many techniques in use for throwing, ceramic, containers, although this is a typical procedure: First Knead the clay. Start with about 1/2 pound of clay with 30% of moisture. Slowly warm it and work out the air bubbles by kneading it with your hands.
This will even out the clay’s consistency, eliminating lumps of soft spots, and make it more pliable and easier to work with. Take care to avoid folding, poking, or other actions that could add air pockets and bubbles to the clay.
 A round, moist lumpy clump of clay body is thrown at a wheel head or a bat attached to it. The lump or clump is made even and forced to the centre of the wheel by applying pressure with the hands.
The thrower finds the centre of the clay by moving a thumb across the lump until no more friction is felt. The thumb is pressed into the centre of the lump, stopping about 5 mm from the wheel head.
The hole thus made is widened. The sides thus defined are pulled up and made thinner by pressure between the hands. The vessel is shaped, and the mouth is smoothed.
The vessel is cut from the wheel head with a cheese wire and left to stiffen. Sometimes the stiffened vessel is inverted on the wheel and trimmed with a sharp tool.
Now I let the pot dry in front of the warm fire place so that the next layers will not be too heavy a burden to carry for the bottom. At this stage, I could stop and let the pot dry completely and fire it.
It will make a nice wee bowl. This is then the first method of making a pot completed. A skilled potter can quickly throw a vessel from 15 kg of clay. 
Alternatively, by throwing and adding coils of clay then throwing again, pots up to four feet high may be made, the heat of a blowlamp being used to firm each thrown section before adding the next coil.
In Chinese manufacture, very large pots are made by two throwers working simultaneously. Bhanate filled water in the pot and washed its beak. He then ran to eat Phudgudi’s egg.
By that time, the sparrow’s egg hatched. A little bird came out of it and flew away. Far away from Bhanate.


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