Clay Crafts

The clay crafts of Orissa are also known for the terracotta pottery which is done with refined clay. The clay items that are created by the terracotta process need the partially dried refined clay and then the cast is done. clay items like pots, storage and cooking vessels, images of deities, lamps, figurines, bird and animal shapes, toys including tiles. Clay roof tiles are decorated with the figures of birds, squirrels, monkeys and mice on them. Artists prepare many items most of which they outline and highlight with colours. However, in most cases the finished is left with the natural terracotta colour. Animal figurines of bulls, elephants and horses are also elegantly molded in very natural strong forms.

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