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 miniscule 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 craftsmen and as links to the 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.