I'm sure you know how much I love blue pottery...
So when I found 'Aurea Blue Potttery', I was absolutely thrilled and couldn't wait to place my order.
So hop on to their site, and take a guess as to what is coming home with me. www.aureabluepottery.com
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Aurea presents the most exquisite range of handcrafted sustainable blue pottery. Our products shine with artistic elegance, showcasing extraordinary designs and unbeatable craftsmanship. We hold some beautiful artistic enhancements and accessories for home, office or kitchen. Decorate, gift or simply admire, you will love what we have on display! Our products can be purchased from our website www.aureabluepottery.com and from our exclusive retail at Hotel Rangoli, M.I. Road, Jaipur.
About Blue Pottery:
Although it originated in ancient Persia, the art of blue pottery was brought to the craftsmen of Jaipur in the early 18th century. Blue pottery derives its name from the distinct use of Persian blue colour. Indeed, the precise hand-painting under a transparent glazed surface, makes blue pottery stand out; but there is lot more to blue pottery than what meets the eye.
It is the only form of pottery in the world which is made without the use of natural clay or mud. Instead, a special combination of powdered quartz, glass pieces and other minerals is used to make the clay-like mixture for making blue pottery. Our skilled crafts-men make molds out of Plaster-of-paris, and press this clay like mixture in the molds to get the basic shape of an item. This basic form is usually made in two or three parts depending on the complexity of the shape of the product. Once the parts are dried, they are joined together with the clay, and then rigorously rubbed with sand-paper to get a uniform smooth surface. But before the surface can be painted upon, it has to be further treated with a quartz based coating to get paper-like finish. Then the craftsmen draw and paint on the surface with free-hand patterns. The item is then coated with a transparent glaze and dried, to make it ready for firing in a hand-built furnace. Interestingly, Jaipur’s blue pottery is also the only form of low-temperature glazed pottery which is made with a single firing process.
Who Aurea Blue Pottery is?
AUREA BLUE POTTERY, is a social enterprise based in Jaipur, Rajasthan (INDIA).
It is a fresh venture, established with the aim of reviving the traditional art of Jaipur’s Blue Pottery and providing livelihood to craftsmen. At AUREA, we collaborate with local craftsmen and empower them with our design and marketing efforts. Our designs and forms are focussed on aesthetics, marketability, utility and durability. The reasonable profits we make help us bring sustainability to this venture.
The name AUREA, which means splendid and beautiful, is inspired by the result of our first trial batch – which gave radiant hues and shining surface. Although we stand for the future of Blue Pottery, we have made a conscious choice to remain true to this art which binds us to the rich heritage and culture of Jaipur. By opting to shun mass production, we nurture each piece with the time and skill that truly makes it a masterpiece – an object which will become priceless with time. With every product which leaves our premises, we wish to become a part of our customers’ life, join in their joy of gifting, share with them the pleasure of decorating a home, and take pride in their organized desks. With the encouragement of our patrons, we hope to keep this craft alive and spread the glamour of its vibrant hues.
Our products are inspired by all things beautiful and our brand celebrates the fact that beautiful pottery is ageless. We take inspiration from the colours of seasons, the lights and spirit of festivals, and the joy of giving. We are continuously working towards evolving Jaipur's Blue Pottery and we believe that's a long way to go!
What they do at Aurea?
Each one of our products is unique in its imprint and texture. The visible brush strokes and neat free-hand curves are the artistic expressions of our craftsmen, which cannot be reproduced in digital print. We take special care to complement our blue pottery with mixed-material accessories, which add durability and utility to the most delicate pieces. We have poured our heart and soul in the design and form of each piece, so that when you set your eyes on it, you would witness the art with our spirit. We take our inspiration from all things beautiful, and most importantly from the aspirations of our audience, because we want our art to help you connect with yourself.
Our objective is to spread awareness about the marvels of this craft and work on designs which automatically appeal to the contemporary connoisseurs. And our goal is to make each specially designed product with the care and skill that this craft deserves, so that the superior quality fetches the right value