Jaipur is a love affair of sculpture and poetry amidst the lore of civilization rested within the sweltering bounds of a blushing tall city, full of tales in every nook and cranny known. And it is within these said nooks, would a lover of all things crafts find his haven, among a multitude of motifs and figurines. One such craft is that of Blue Pottery which though owes its roots to the Persian Empire where the palaces and courts of the Mughals were adorned with glisteningly elegant and eye catching pieces of blue pottery. This skill was passed down to the local potters, a secret they kept close to their hearts and well within their kith and kin exclusively within Jaipur.
Pottery is a craft that is as old as the human civilization itself, originating way before the Neolithic period. Blue Pottery is made from quartz and not clay. Materials that are used include quartz, raw glaze, sodium sulphate, and multani mitti (fuller’s earth) like ceramic pottery pieces it is fired only once. The biggest advantage is that blue pottery does not develop any cracks, and blue pottery is also impervious, hygienic, and suitable for daily use. Blue pottery is beautifully decorated with the brush when the pot is rotated.The striking blue colour, which is akin to royalty is attained by combining crude copper oxide with salt or sugar in a kiln and then filtering it for use. Almost a process of alchemy results in the most glorious home ware for any figurine aficionado.
Neerja International is the largest Manufacturer and Exporter of Blue Pottery in India. It’s Showroom and Warehouse is located in Jaipur City. At Neerja International, one can purchase Jaipur’s renowned Neerja Blue Pottery items such as, Pottery Knobs, Ceramic Tiles, Wedding Gifts, Blue Pottery Lamps, Corporate Gifts and ornamental items handcrafted by professional artisans. Founder, Leela Bordia has been instrumental in uplifting this dying form and bringing it into its modern rendition where each of these pieces will find a place in both ones wardrobe and homes. Be it beautiful blue buttons to embellish your favourite outfits or inimitable sapphire bathroom ware pieces. Neerja has uplifted both the art and the artisans thus lending itself to allowing this craft flourish ever so deservingly.