The art of pottery finds its beginnings in the Neolithic age when the early man hand moulded wet clay to make vessels. However, the first instance of real pottery, in terms of shape and structure, can be attributed to the Indus Valley Civilization. We all have heard or read how progressive that civilization was. There is more than one evidence of both handmade and wheel-turned pottery being made. With the advent of subsequent eras and dynasties, this art saw a considerable evolution in terms of polishing, colours, prints and patterns. The arrival of Turko-Mughals in the 12th century AD also marked the arrival of glazed pottery. The artisans of that era skilfully incorporated the Chinese glazing technique with Persian and Indian motifs and colours for an ornamental finish.
The 21st century India still maintains this traditional art form and different states have become distinctively known for their specific styles of pottery. The most popular of these handcrafted marvels is the vase. These come in three main finishes.
• Unglazed pottery: The traditional incised pottery which has no glossy covering. It may be plain, polished or deeply patterned depending on the potter’s style.
• Glazed pottery: The glossy glass coated pottery with a white base and colourful motifs is known to be produced in selected few states.
• Terracotta: This kind of pottery is partly hand moulded and partly wheel moulded. It is semi-baked and is waterproof.
The new generation of potters has developed modern and creative techniques that are no longer restricted to the traditional. They have brought this art to the modern living spaces with the vase being the most dominant amongst all. It is not merely a container to arrange flowers upon. It is more of a statement piece in a living space. Every style of interior décor has a specific requirement.
One of the most versatile home décor items, vases are mostly used to adorn the house with flowers. However, they are equally useful even when your favourite flowers go out of season. Craftsvilla offers a wide range of vases that are ornate, artistic as well as minimalistic. If you are looking for home décor items to adorn your home or ideas for some great house-warming gifts, Craftsvilla’s online collection is sure to end your search.
At Craftsvilla, we bring to you a wide range of vases to select from —ceramic, metallic, terracotta, ornate marble, wooden, glass, ethnic, modern, upcycled glass bottles — you name it, we have it. So, whatever be your décor mood, with us you can always pick and choose.