Indian arts and craft can be traced back to the third millennium B.C and
a great part thereof still exists today. In the course of those many centuries,
unequaled times of bloom alternated with low marks that had to be overcome
again and again. Been Conceptions of art and design have varied during this
long time and very often foreign influences have strongly made themselves felt.
In all these situations, however, fundamental attitudes and basic values of the
Indian culture have been strong enough to preserve its continuity. Therefore
the Indian character of arts and crafts has on the whole survived up to the
Whereas in India, works of the classic arts kept as national treasures
and are accordingly held in great esteem, folk arts and crafts have up to now
been played little attention to.This realization of all the cultural and
national significance of the traditional crafts, unfortunately, has still very
little asserted itself in India.
A modernization in economic fields and connected therewith in
those of crafts and trade is necessary; for India, it is a vital question.
However, an accurate documentation, a collection of texts, illustrations and
typical examples, of all still existing traditional crafts is to be desired.
This paper is a step towards saving the national treasures and keep them
alive in the memory of modern people. Furthermore, good products of
craftsmanship from the various areas could, within the scope of technical
development, serve as patterns for forms, styles and motives, for creations
which, despite all their modern, preserve the Indian character, and do not just
represent mostly dreary everyday-forms as can be found everywhere according to
the respective fashion.
This presents an ethnographical study of the traditional pottery in
pottery town, Bengaluru. This involves the description of Pottery, its
emergence in Bengaluru, an inquiry into the role of potter’s and painters,
their working condition, procedures, and their socio-economic status in the
present scenario. We have restricted this research to a limited area and people
of pottery town, Bengaluru, so that the information may be precise and
condensed as possible.