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Terracotta Exhibition


Terracotta Exhibition

Terra - Cotta - meaning baked earth- is a famous art form to create not only sculptures, but for vessels (flowers vase, cooking utensils, cups), building materials (pipes, bricks), and interestingly jewelry.



Bright coloring schemes are used to paint the big vases. 

Curvy handles with a contrasting color scheme - Golden vs Magenta. Its a typical color scheme followed in Odisha.

An artist painting the big vases. Most of the stalls by the artists coming from the southern tribal districts of Odisha, mainly Bargarh and Keonjhar.


The work is very complex and needs quite a great amount of concentration. I talked to some of them about the art, everyone was proud of the work they do, they were proud to be the part of the tradition there villages carry.


Terracotta art can produce some unusual forms if used creatively. A coconut on a copper-like vase exhibited at one of shop.

Terracotta Jewelry exhibited - better design, better quality at very less price as compared to the online shops



Clay required is collected from the village lakes. Two types of clay are used in equal proportion: Red and Black. Red is pure clay while black is sandlike. 

After sculpting, the item is baked in fire.


After curing, paints are applied. Product is finished with a layer of glaze.

To create a texture, acrylic colors are used for lining.

A closer look - such textures created are often covers the large area of the vase


Bright color schemes certainly making wonders and tempts to buy such captivating vases to decorate the home 

Young generation enjoying the skill and art involved in creating such graceful form


12 comments:

  1. beautiful... I love terracotta stuff :-)

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    1. I encountered terracotta first time, and it was so magnetic. Too good to explain.

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  2. You have eyes for pretty and vibrant clicks. It is a pleasure to look at your shots. I had loved the butterfly and Yacht series very much. This post too is good.

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    1. Thanks Bushra for those kind words. It feels great to read appreciation especially when I am on the learning curve.

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  3. Beautiful and colorful shots !!!

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  4. A whole lot of artistic creations!

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  5. Very interesting post on such a wonderful art..!

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  6. Beautiful creations and so well captured.

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  7. Beautiful collection. Love your shots!

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  8. I love terra cotta items, especially when they are very colorful. I would enjoy this very much in person.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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