Ceramic Drums


Idiophonic pottery


Udu drums.

Hammered clay, not throwed on an wheel. Like African way of making, the round shaped body of this udu is first hammered in a clay mold. Then, few coils are added to finish the neck. the finished surface is made by using one layer of clay slip under several layers of Terra sigilata (refined clay slip). The udu is finally fired in a kiln with a slight reduction atmosphere and a quick oxidation during the cool down. this way of firing gives this unique pattern. Have a look closer.


Percussion from South India, Mainly used in South India Classical Karnataka music

Ghatams are first throwed on a wheel.

The body is afterwards hammered with a wooden paddle to homogenize the thickness of the walls and gives it’s final shape.

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