|The Pottery Maker (standard:non fiction, 765 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Sep 11 2013||Views/Reads: 3168/734||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|The story of hard working pottery maker.|
The Pottery Maker Subba Rao Pottery maker Ramu looks always tired and sweaty; a tall heavy set fair skin man with deep wrinkled face from exposure to sun whole day working outdoors with clay. He makes earthen pots and idols over a large wooden pottery wheel to fire them in a mud oven burning dry paddy husk or coloring the products already fired in the oven. Ramu's turban made from a long piece of rough white cloth appeared more like a large white dome with terraces on his head. It covered both his ears and part of his upper cheeks from hot sun. A large dangling white mustache obscuring his mouth moved up and down while he spoke. With his ears and mouth covered respectively, one can see only his large nose and beady eyes. His front yard was a showcase of his finished products; a wide variety of cooking and flower earthen pots and a collection of colorful idols of Hindu god and goddesses. Working with pottery clay is an art passed on from generations. People in the pottery business as a group though occupy lower end of Hindu hierarchical society, as a caste they command some respect in the society not for making household earthen pots but for making clay idols of Hindu gods and goddesses. There are scores of Hindu gods but only handfuls were worshipped on a regular basis. The clay idols of Krishnan, Sita, Hanuman, Ganesh, Shiva and Lakshmi were always popular and in demand. The clay idols of gods and goddesses have a look of tranquility and holiness to make devotees feel sacred during the idol worship. The shape, color and look of clay figures of various gods sold in the market were made from molds developed over a period of long time, perhaps hundreds of years. These molds were passed on from generation to generation among the pottery caste. The clay idol of Lord Shiva in shades of dark blue with a fierce look holding a spear with three sharp prongs standing on slayed demons with backdrop of snowcapped mountains is the run-of-the-mill idols sold everywhere. Similarly, Lord Hanuman is always painted in bright green in kneel down position with a club shaped weapon next to him. Serene looking goddess Lakshmi always in red sari stands on a giant lotus flower in the middle of a pond and goddess Saraswathi worshipped for knowledge always holds a replica of veena, a musical string instrument. The idols were colored bright with red, blue, and green and orange. Each god or goddess was improvised with a special ornament or personal Click here to read the rest of this story (59 more lines)
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