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Potters Wheel offers hand-made hardy pottery


IT'S HAUTE, it's chic and it's pottery. Albeit clichéd but hand made pottery is `the' ware to be seen on your dining table, in the kitchen rack or by the living room timepiece, in avatars such as fruit bowls, letter holders and also coffee mugs. "Hand made pottery is beautiful. It definitely adds to the dining experience in the form of colourful tablewareand, as a vase holding a dry flower arrangement, provide a dash of colour to your living room," says Bilkees Naqvi of Potters Wheel, the new store in town offering hand made, hand painted stoneware, pottery and ceramic ware. Well, this is a place for your coffee mugs, glasses, dinner sets, pans, kadais, spoons and spoon holders, coasters, napkin holders, vases, jars and other bakes from the kiln for the table. Apart from the cook and serve tableware, the place offers toothbrush stands and liquid soap dispensers, and knick-knacks such as starfishes for the aquarium, again in hand made pottery.

The store holds a mix of old and new porcelain and earthenware traditions. If you are looking for some old world stuff, find here the traditional martabaan pickle jars, antique blue and white tableware replicas, folksy mitti ki handi and kullarh, and the rest of the folk pottery, replete with tribal art motifs. The stoneware line with metallic finish, a dull copper sheen, takes the cake with its aged look across the tea sets, pans, vases and more.

For the contemporary feel, glazed studio pottery, roti plates in unconventional square and triangular shapes, pots in deep blue with a dripping effect or vases with abstract knotty illustrations are some good buys. "Square plates are in vogue today as also glazed bowls. Each is a stand-alone piece since these are hand made. The texture, colour and shape may differ," explains Bilkees about her collection that holds from yellow floral morning tea set to dinner sets in deeper reds and greens. "We sit with the artisan and give the specifications. Also certain artisans can make only certain ware. India has so much to offer when it comes to hand made pottery," says Bilkees.


"The collection is sourced from Pondicherry, Goa, Jaipur, New Delhi, Chandigarh and other centres in the country," adds daughter Kehkashan Naqvi.

About the USP, the products are oven and microwave friendly, low on maintenance, sturdy and designed for daily use. One can shop here for a set of six colourful coffee mugs for Rs. 175 or a mammoth vase with Amerindian motifs for Rs. 5,200. The store has a good collection of vases and jars.

"The jars can be filled with water for fresh flower arrangement or used for holding dry flower rosettes. You can keep them in the sunlight. They are hardy and colours are pakka," explains Bilkees.

Drop in at Potters Wheel (10-1-19/1, Masab Tank, Tel: 30912291) between 10.30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays) if you are looking for some hand made offering straight from the wheel.

SYEDA FARIDA

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