Delhi Blue pottery is an exquisite legacy left by artisans and craftsmen of the Mughal
period, a group of whom settled down in the village of Khurja
, 100 km from Delhi
, where the tradition was handed down from generation to generation.
The use of the Persian blue dye lends the attractive blue color. Delhi Blue pottery is a distinct stoneware pottery characterised by a rich glazed blue surface, and beautifully painted Mughal motifs in shades of blue, accentuated by other colours, on a clear, white body.
Blue Pottery of Delhi is today on the verge of extinction; with very few craftsmen left, the future of the craft seems dismal.
However it is a very positive step taken by enterprising organisations like the Delhi Blue Pottery Trust (founded in 1991), which runs a pottery school in the basement of the Delhi Blue Apartments. The trust encourages the development and promotion of studio pottery in India.
Delhi Blue Pottery Trust is located in south Delhi. A day can be spent at the Trust school, working and interacting with the students. Workshops can also be organised.