Handmade in a small village South of Madras
In an idyllic setting surrounded by trees and plants of every description, blessed with plentiful rainfall and a good local supply of china clay, lies the pottery unit.
Here the master potter and a group of about 60 artisans, from local villages create a wide variety of ceramic items. Every step is done by hand, from when the raw clay is softened, formed on the potters’ wheel, fired in the wood burning kilns, glazed and finally packed ready for its long journey to the UK.
This labour-intensive project provides training in a craft and employment opportunities for members of an economically weak rural community. Thanks to the ceramic unit with WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation) member support and employees benefit from medical and insurance facilities. A school has been started in the village for 350 pupils under the age of 11, primarily for the children of artisans who work in the pottery, but also for children who live in the surrounding rural area.