In a small village named Kondagaon in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh lives a potter named Ashok Chakradhari. He has recently been trending on the internet for reviving a traditional lamp that can burn for at least 24 hours.Being called the ‘magic lamp’, Ashok says that he tried his hand at sculpting this diya last year after watching a video on youtube. “I am always on the lookout for new ideas that can challenge my pottery skills, and be a useful innovation for those around me. In 2019, before Diwali, I was looking for a new design to sculpt diyas. That is when I stumbled upon a lamp that carries a reservoir of oil over it and keeps refilling the base to ensure the diya does not stop burning. I found it interesting and decided to make that,” says 62-year-old Ashok.
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The Baked Earth is a brand by renonwed artist Mr. Ashok Chakradhari. He is famous worldwide for his innovative diya and he has also been recognized as social media sensation for year 2020 . He gained social popularity and got viral for his magic lamp. Apart from the magic lamp, he makes decorative horses, elephants and fountains based on orders. He also makes coffee mugs, dinner sets, water pots, etc.
Ashok says, “Pottery is a family business that I learnt from my father. I have been practicing the art since childhood and have been earning from it all my life. I have three daughters, two of them are studying while my oldest is helping me with the business. She also does a bit of pottery.”
Terra-cotta, (Italian: “baked earth”) literally, any kind of fired clay but, in general use, a kind of object made of fairly coarse, porous clay, e.g. vessel, figure, or structural shape, which assumes a colour ranging from dull ochre to red when fired and is typically left unglazed. Because of its cheapness, flexibility, and durability, most terra-cotta has been of a utilitarian type.
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Iam totally amazed by this magic diya. Iam fond of it now..... Beautiful