GIFTS OF EARTH
TERRACOTTAS AND CLAY SCULPTURE OF INDIA
Texts and photographs by
STEPHEN P. HUYLER
1996, 232pp., col. plates,
bibl., gloss., ISBN: 81-85822-09-03, Rs 2250(HB)
Book on Indian
Terracotta released - Article published in Newsletter
Clay is essential to Indian culture, past and present. It
is accessible everywhere; it takes form with very little effort; and its fragility assures
its constant renewal . It has been the perfect vehicle for Indian creativity throughout
the ages. The shapes and styles of items made of clay, both fired and unfired,are
innumerable. They comprise everything from the minuscule to the gigantic, from simple to
highly ornate, from realistic to abstract, from purely practical to utterly fantastic.
Many of the potters who make them act dual roles as craftsman and as links to god.
In a text sumptuously illustrated in colour, the author and
photographer, Stephen P.Huyler, surveys the exciting craft through examples from all over
India. he documents for the first time contemporary potters: their techniques and
production, and the use of clay in the households and temples today, exploring comparison
of today's products with those of ancient India.