Terracotta or clay craft is a clay based unglazed ceramic, where the fired body is porous and red in color. It is a symbol of man’s first attempt at craftsmanship, just like invention of potter’s wheel to use power of motion for productive purpose. The art of pottery making dates back to the Indus valley civilization. Evidence of pottery has been found in early settlements of Mehrgarh. Various terracotta figurines depicted animals like cows,
Terracotta Handicraft, Work of Gorakhpur is a unique traditional art form surviving over centuries. The most popular animal figures like Elephant, Horse, Camel, Ox, Goat etc are made with hand-applied ornamentation.
The few families of Craftsmen, who are involved in this dying art form, deserve all support and accolades.
The objectives of us in intervening in the terracotta cluster is guided by the principles of scaling up to reach the maximum number of artisans, upgrading the skill levels of the artisans, increasing artisan welfare, and promoting commercially sustainable production and marketing structures in the cluster.
At last I would like to appreciate the work of District Magistrate, Mr. Sanjay Kumar and his team, who took a great initiative for the upliftment of Terracotta artisans of gram Aurangabad, Gorakhpur.