Working in terracotta has been a tradition in India since ancient times. Terracotta or clay craft symbolises man's first craftsmanship. Civilizations are now dated and assessed by the degree of skill and beauty displayed by the earthenware found in excavations. It may be that the potter's wheel was the first 'machine' man invented to use the power of motion for a productive purpose. Pottery has been called the lyric of handicrafts because of its universal appeal. But it is the association with everyday life of this very humble object that has given it a deeper significance.
Any casual visitor to an Indian village invariably finds a hoard of terracotta animal figures lying under pipal trees or at rural shrines. Abstract in form and varying in sizes, these figures stand for the longings and aspirations of the village folk, who still retain the age-old mystic belief that