Maham’s ongoing work in India takes her to Kutch in the state of Gujarat. The central ambition of the project is to reverse the slow decline of ceramic production in the area, encouraging potters to manufacture craft pottery using traditional techniques and firing methods.
It involves a regular surveying of the craft in the region to identify the issues responsible for the slow elimination of pottery skills that have hitherto been practised for centuries; providing practical solutions to homegrown potters so that they are able to sell to the local market and internationally. So, in short, using existing technology, clays, production and firing methods.
As Maham puts it herself: “An Indian potter told me that if people stop buying my pots I will stop making them. My approach is if they are unable to sell what they already make, let’s try making new products using existing techniques, something people want.”