Studio Pottery


Khurja is one of a kind place that homes hundreds of hand skilled potters. It is situated 100km from Delhi. Being a small town of Uttar Pradesh, it supplies a large portion of the pottery used in the country. The unique factor of its splendid pottery is that in spite of being hand-made and hand-painted, it is reasonably priced.Several hands contribute to bake the lead free piece of art. A series of steps enables many users to use variety of hand crafted pottery products to satisfy their myriad demands. Be it a coffee mug, a deco vase, soap dispenser or a planter, studio pottery appeals its consumers to display their likes to the outside world.

The main raw material used in ceramic pottery is clay mixed with varies materials like quartz, potash feldspar, from Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Bikaner.All these raw materials are mixed in a defined ratio and grinded in a Ball-mill equipment for around 10 hours to get homogenous mix of clay dough and further placed between pace to remove the excess water content and clay disc of size around 1.5 feet diameter is the output of this process. 

Once the clay is done then comes the process of molding. This process is for bigger products like vases and pots. Clay solution is poured into the mold till the solution fills the cavity in the mold. Mold box is shaken/rotated/tilted gently to avoid air bubbles and excess clay liquid solution is dispensed out, when the wall of the article reaches the required thickness. Molded product is elected with the help of a blade from the rim and other surface of the mold after settling time. Products kept to dry in room temperature for a day.

Once the clay is done then comes the process of molding. This process is for bigger products like vases and pots. Clay solution is poured into the mold till the solution fills the cavity in the mold. Mold box is shaken/rotated/tilted gently to avoid air bubbles and excess clay liquid solution is dispensed out, when the wall of the article reaches the required thickness. Molded product is elected with the help of a blade from the rim and other surface of the mold after settling time. Products kept to dry in room temperature for a day.

Dried products are subjected to semi-finish process to improve the surface finish by sanding with sandpaper and uneven surfaces and parting lines. Cracks developed during the molding process also closed/filled with clay and allowed to dry followed by sanding.

Once the products the dried they are painted with hands by various in house artisans.Painting in ceramic pottery divided into 2 categories, Mughal art and normal painting with motifs on outer surface. Painting on a plain surface adds value to ceramic products.


After the painting process ends the products are then sent for glazing. Glazing is a glossy layer fused to ceramic objects which serves to color, decorate, waterproof and to strengthen the underlying ceramic. Glazes can be transparent, opaque, translucent, glossy, semi- matte and matte finish. 

After glazing the products are sent to a klin It’s a process done in a covered kiln. Earlier brick kiln were used but now a days it is replaced by gas or electric kiln with a temperature control technology which is easy for the artisans to operate and to avoid the number of damages. Firing in electric kiln helps to spread the heat uniformly in a given time. Around 20 minutes at a temperature of 1200 degrees is required to bake the articles. 

Today both exports and imports demand for this beautiful pottery is on the rise. There is also an influx of designers who are giving new design inputs to potters. Though traditional craft is the loser, the modernization has increased its market prospects, especially in the hospitality industry.