THE LAST POTTERS 

This is a visual research project documenting two clay artisans making traditional Goan terracotta cooking pots. The project was purely documented through film and photography, which was filmed and edited solely by me. 

 

Mr Anthony Fernandes along with his wife are one of the last of the Goan potters who still make terracotta cooking pots, using the traditional methods taught to them by their grandfathers. No electrical equipment is used and everything is made by the couple, including making and the sourcing of the clay.

The terracotta pots are used for storing water and cooking Goan dishes. It is a craft that is slowly dying out, as the generation of craftsman begin to get elderly and the current generation no longer interested. 

 

This was a personal project, trying to understand my own history, heritage and culture. For me, this project was also about capturing a part of my own culture which is being abandoned. 

The photographs shown below are a limited number, follow the link below to see the full collection:

Photographs for The Last Potters

Filmed in Salcete, Goa, India. 

With many thanks to Mr Anthony Fernandes and Mrs Piedade D’Costa for opening up their workshop to me. 

Mr Fernandes, The Potter.

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