The Heavenly Earthen Pots
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The Heavenly Earthen Pots

November 26, 2017

Mysuru: The art of pottery is something well- appreciated by people from various walks of life, evoking a sense of curiosity on how commodities are prepared with just a lump of mud.

In the ongoing Khadi Utsav, a garland of appreciation is bestowed from the visitors on a potter who keeps spinning the wheel and makes beautiful items from mud and clay.

Thimma Shetty has been a potter since the last 30 years and his pottery is well-known in Mysuru city. He has setup his stall at the ongoing Khadi Utsav, and the visitors swell around him as he creates       magic with mud just with his bare hands.

Thimma Shetty hails from Doora village in Mysuru district and loves doing pottery since his early years. He also shares the same name with his father (Thimma Shetty).

At his stall, he sells flower pots, flower vases, pots for kitchen, water storage pots, pen stands, bowls, show-pieces, elephant statues, etc.

Though people swell around his shop, most of them just appreciate his talent and enjoy his demonstration of pottery but more than often don’t tend to buy them. Even though the prices of the bowls are as low as Rs.30, most visitors are just mere spectators. But this has not put him on the back foot, instead he works hard and indulges himself in pottery and manages to make a living.

He ensures to set up stalls like this in various Utsavs, or exhibitions where there would be a large inflow of customers and a selling potential.

He is also seen outside Nanjaraja Bahadur Choultry whenever any expo is organised.

His hands definitely have a magic of creativity as he makes beautiful borders and designs on the pots. The old man, with a long stick in his hands, keeps the wheel spinning and uses it as a base for his pottery-making.

If pottery is an art that is difficult to master, Thimma Shetty is the Picasso of it.

The Khadi Utsav at the  J.K. Grounds will conclude on December 4.

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