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Whimsical Pottery Turtles

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Most of what the potters made in their village near New Delhi, India was practical or religious (about 85% according to my guide). However, the remaining items were whimsical, fun, decorative, or impractical items. These turtles caught my eye as cute little additions for a shelf.

Bonus photography tip: Notice how the turtles are not centered in the frame? Picture a grid with four lines-two horizontal and two vertical. It is often ideal to place the most important part of an image at the intersection of two of those lines-or slightly off center.

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A Pottery Assembly Line

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I recently posted about a pottery village I visited on the outskirts of Delhi, India. In this village, most of the pottery for the city and elsewhere was made. We got to see a number of potters working. They go so fast! At one stop (pictured above), one worker started with the lump of clay and got the base made and then passed it on to the next potter who did the upper half work on it. It was a fast assembly line. They worked in a very small, dark room, surrounded by clay and lit only by the light coming in the doors.

We also got to try our hand at the potter’s wheel and it was a good thing we had help! Clay went flying, pots got misshapen and none of them turned out high quality. It was fun though.

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“Ek Photo”

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While in Delhi, I went with a group to visit a pottery village on the outskirts of the city. These families have made pottery for generations and supply much of the pottery needs for the whole city. Many of the children were fascinated with us and followed us around demanding photos. This boy kept going “ek photo! ek photo!” “Ek” in Hindi means one. He wanted me to take his photo and then show it to him on my camera screen.