Black pottery from Nizamabad

Type: Event
Location: Gallery Romain Rolland
City: Delhi
Date: Thu, 2014/01/09 – 11:00am
Price: Free for all


Alliance Française de Delhi &

Indian Trust for Rural Heritage Development

invite you to a

Festival of Black Pottery

from Nizamabad, Distt Azamgarh UP

 Opening: 8th January 2014, 4pm

 Gallery Romain Roland, Alliance Française de Delhi

72, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi – 110003

 Inauguration by Shri K. Rahman Khan, Minister of Minority Affairs

 Exhibition on view: January 09 – 15 2014, 11am – 6pm


Nizamabad, in Azamgarh District of Uttar Pradesh, is renowned for its black pottery. This particular variety features a shiny black surface with engraved silver patterns. The art of making this kind of pottery originated in the Kutch region of Gujarat. It is believed to have been brought to Nizamabad during the reign of Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb.

The distinctive color can be credited to the process in which the articles are fired in enclosed kiln with rice husks. The smoke that is generated in the process imparts the black color. The designs are then etched on the dry surface which is then filled with silver paint that is made from zinc and mercury. To lend a glossy look to the products, some vessels are coated with lacquer when they are still hot.

Participating Potters:- Sohit Kumar Prajapati, Ram Jatan Prajapati, Brijlal Prajapati, Surender Prajapati, Shiv Lal Prajapati, Bali Ram Prajapati, Ram Navmi Prajapati, Krishan Mohan Prajapati, Vinod Prajapati, Ravinder Prajapati, Shiv Prasad Prajapati, Ratan Lal Prajapati, Anand Kumar Prajapati and Mahinder Prajapati.


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