Mitticool – A clay refrigerator

We bought this fridge for my parents who live in a community that uses alternate energy and thought it was the perfect place to try it out!

Mitticool, a refrigerator that does not require electricity and is made of clay.
Conceptualized in 1997, Mitticool is developed by Gujarat based potter Manshuk Lal and the product works on the basic principle of evaporation.

Mitti Cool Refrigerator weighs 20 kg (height:18.5’’ and width of 11’’) and the way it works is very simple – Water from the upper chambers drips down the side, taking heat from the inside gets evaporated, leaving the chambers cool.

You can read up more on them at http://www.mitticool.in

 

 

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Kiln openning!

Just opened the kiln door!

pots for setting curds

fruit bowl

trinket boxes

 

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Diwali Diyas !

Had my first terracotta firing in the newly built gas kiln!  The clay I used was dug up from a lake near the studio and it seems to be working well!

These diyas are on sale at Nisarga Shoppe – `The Alternate Store’. The store is located at: Suite G, Lakeview Farm, Varthur Main Road, Whitefield (080- 28542897). Daily 10am-8pm. All major cards.

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Pottery courses at Arthouse

I also teach pottery at Arthouse – a centre for art based learning, research & design in Whitefield. The studio has facilities for working with Eartherware clay (terracotta) and is equipped with an electric wheel & a gas kiln.

Beginners start with a basic handbuilding course and then move on to working on the potter’s wheel.

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A glimpse of making ganesha’s…

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ECO-FRIENDLY GANESHA MAKING WORKSHOP

Dates: August 28th(Saturday)

or

September 5th (Sunday)

Do you celebrate Ganesha Chathurthi? Do you bring home an environmentally safe idol? Is there anything you can do to minimize the environmental degradation?

A few weeks before the festival, shops with Ganesha idols sprout all over the city. Brightly painted idols, of late in shades of fluorescent are displayed to attract customers. Some of these idols are made of Plaster of Paris (POP) and the paints used contain harmful chemicals like mercury, cadmium, lead etc. These materials are not bio-degradable and hence pollute lakes and other water bodies when they are immersed and destroy the aquatic life.

Farm Pottery offers you the opportunity to create your own unique CLAY Ganesha idol through this day workshop. Clay is just mud and completely natural.  If you like a touch of colour, then we have a few natural colours made from multani mitti and turmeric to decorate your clay idol.

Celebrate this Ganesh Chathurthi in an environmentally friendly way!

Venue: Farm Pottery (Adjoining Navadarshanam Campus)

Timings: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Fees: Rs.1,500/- (Inclusive of materials, lunch & tea)

If you would like to participate in this workshop please contact:

Sharada Gopalan at sharada@farmpottery.com / 98866 85392

Upcoming pottery courses/workshops this year:

For the beginners:

Basic Hand building Course

Basic Wheelwork Course

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