bhaktapur: potter’s square

Tuesday, January 22:  At the Potter’s Square, or Kumale Tol, we find potters giving shape and size to lumps of clay.   They make earthenware ranging from such household goods as pots, jars, stovepipes and disposable yogurt pots to cheap souvenirs such as animals and birds. As pottery in Bhaktapur is a family job, we can see entire families contributing to the work.  Because this square caters to tourists, the potters have the incentive to continue to work with traditional methods, using hand-powered wheels or forming clay by hand.

a shop selling pottery made at Potter's Square

a shop selling pottery made at Potter’s Square

families working at Potter's Square

families working at Potter’s Square

Pottery at Potter's Square

Pottery at Potter’s Square

Potter's Square

Potter’s Square

Potter's Square in Bhaktapur

Potter’s Square in Bhaktapur

a potter using the traditional hand-powered wheel

a potter using the traditional hand-powered wheel