The Potteries of Auroville and Pondicherry

Red Clay Art Pottery, Pondicherry

He trained and worked at Golden Bridge Pottery for numerous years before starting up a family run terracotta pottery. They make very pure terracotta for their earthenware range: the clay was a delight to touch and a relief to find in such purity.

Red Clay Art Pottery

Red Clay Art Pottery

Red Clay Art Pottery

Red Clay Art Pottery

Red Clay Art Pottery

 

Wind Glaze Pottery, Auroville

Puneet Brar was open and welcoming, offering us free rein to her beautiful studio space if we were interested in self-guided, experimental work.

Wind Glaze Pottery

Wind Glaze Pottery

Wind Glaze Pottery

Wind Glaze Pottery

 

Flame Pottery, Auroville

Michel Hutin of Flame Pottery glazing his gas fired stoneware. We smiled to see Michel’s recent investment in Shimpo’s whisper wheels: the first of their kind we spotted in India.

Flame Pottery

Flame Pottery

Flame Pottery

Flame Pottery

Kratu Pottery

 

Mandala Pottery, Auroville

Mandala Pottery tableware created for Bread & Chocolate. What’s more, we spotted our first soda gas kiln in India but found that Adil Writer was not in Auroville at the time of our visit to have a chance of watching him fire this beauty.

Mandala Pottery

Mandala Pottery

Mandala Pottery

 

Golden Bridge Pottery, Pondicherry

Golden Bridge Pottery is famous for their pivotal role in training Indians in the art of ceramics, their line of functional ware and Ray Meeker’s experiments in building clay houses. Golden Bridge was the first studio in South India to produce handmade glaze wares (starting in 1971)…and thus began their legacy. Many students of Golden Bridge have continued their journey and opened potteries in Auroville.

We had a jovial chat and chai with Ray Meeker who spoke at length about his life’s work as a ceramicist in India.

However, we were so excited to visit Golden Bridge that we wholly forgot to take any photographs of the tranquil, Japanese styled workspace: the gate is all we got!

Golden Bridge Pottery

12 thoughts on “The Potteries of Auroville and Pondicherry

  1. Ok, no photographs! How about a detailed description of your experience visiting them. It seems a pivotal place in Histort here in India’s Creative magical land. I understand y’all are very tired, but I am visually following your happy and magical trails. Us creative types have very Expansive Immaginations to visually create a picture and pictures that you as also journalist can Create with “Words!”
    Please, I’m begging y’all to share your talented writing gifts with us as you walked through this site that y’all forgot photographs!
    Let us create the special place in our minds through your words!
    I know I won’t be able to visit this creative space filled with perfect energy, but I can travel there in my mind!
    Thank you in advance for everything you are documenting. It is so very critical and important.

    • We will try our best as soon as we have some time to do so. Thank you so much for following our journey, it makes us very happy.

  2. I really wanted to contact the above places to learn from them and seek internship with them. is there any official email id on which i can enquire?

    • Hello Tejal, if you search with the given names of each pottery on the Internet you should be able to find their mail addresses. Red Clay Art Pottery has no website. They are a local potter family and we met them by coincidence in a small village close to Auroville.

    • Hi Dhwani, which course are you referring to? The best way to contact the potteries we have written about is emailing them directly. We’re sure a google search will give you the information you’re looking for. If you let us know which pottery or course you are referring to we may be able to help you.

    • Hi, thank you for your enquiry but we are sorry, our Studio is based in Europe. We were only traveling through India visiting various potteries.

  3. Hi! Can i simply visit these places as a traveller? Would also like to buy some pottery stuff directly from the owners. Possible?

    • Hi Neha,
      Technically you can simply visit these potteries but you’d have to do some research as they’re relatively discreet as to where they are located within Auroville. We don’t recall if buying directly from them is possible. We think most purchasing is done at the Auroville Visitors Centre where they have several shops selling ceramics and more.

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