How GreenDish Clay Pots Made
- The type/purpose of the end product
- Production technique adopted
- Type of kiln used for firing the clay
- Skill level of available manpower
Over the years Potters worldwide have been digging and processing clay for various uses and have gained great knowledge in selecting the right clay from these experiences. At GreenDish we select the best combination of clay that closely suit our customer’ requirements well.
The GreenDish clay is harvested from secluded and non-industrialized lands from across the India. Great care is taken to ensure the composition and purity of our clay. We are probably one of the cookware makers to guarantee even our raw material -- that it's free of chemicals, toxins and other contaminants like LEAD and/or CADMIUM.
The harvested clay is then wet and pugged (the process of making workable clay) and any stones are removed. The wet clay is left to sit for a period of 48 hours. Any trapped air is later removed by wedging.
MAKING THE POTS & LIDS
The pots and the lids are individually thrown on the wheel. The pots are thrown straight side up and the lids are separately thrown upside down! Great care is taken to ensure a neat finish right from the start! The bottom of the pot is made in concentric circles and finished in a way to take heat faster & spread it evenly. The sides on the other hand, are finished in down ward spirals so as to conserve heat without loosing much. The flat bottom, straight walled profile along with these key features makes it the "most energy efficient clay pot" in our modern day kitchens.
DRYING AND FINISHING
The cookware is set to dry for about 2 days and is then hand finished, individually, one piece at a time, on the wheel. After this the pot and the lids are set to dry together until they are fully dry and ready for the final finishing. This takes about 7-10 days, depending on the weather. Any unused or excess clay is put right back into the pug mill to reuse for the next batch, nothing is wasted!
USING FINE CLAY NOT GLAZE
The bone-dried pots are then given their final finishing on the wheel. A thin coating of the finest partials of Pure clay with water (no additives) is applied to the outside of the pot and lid and the pieces are then hand burnished with a special wooden tool to a smooth finish. This method of finishing a pot without the use of glaze--a toxic liquid coating--dates back to over several thousands of years, It is the best way to get a clean finish without using toxic glaze. It’s hard work and requires skill but is totally worth the effort!
THE FINAL STEPS