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About Thimi Ceramics

THIMI CERAMICS, A 25 year - experience.

The first glazed earthenware ceramics in Nepal began in 1987
• Founded in 1985, by Santa Bahadur Prajapati and his two sons Santa Kumar & Laxmi Kumar Prajapati.
• One of seven pioneering pottery workshops of Nepal
• Trained in Nepal, India, Thailand and USA.
• A first research place for electric potters wheel and oil-fired   burner/kiln trials.

The first Nepali stoneware ceramics producer......from 2004....

           THIMI CERAMICS is proud to be the first Stoneware ceramics producer of Nepal. Our father only knew unglazed traditional earthenware.  In 1987 we began producing glazed earthenware, and in 2004 we began producing hard, waterproof stoneware after three years of research.
          Santa and Laxmi Kumar have always believed strongly in preserving the tradition of pottery made by hand. The quality and aesthetics of ceramic goods created by hand on the potter's wheel cannot be matched by machine-produced wares and this conviction held by the brothers has brought much distinction to the pottery made at Thimi Ceramics. The rhythmic and delicate lines left by the potter's fingers as he pulls the clay up to form a bowl and the soft feeling of a hand-pulled cup handle that melds with the shape of one's fingers while holding the cup give a subtle feeling of delight to whomever uses the pot.
We currently employ twenty potters to produce our ceramic tableware and other household items.

How do we make? ….
• The basic material clay is dug from the rice fields.
• The clay is mixed with water and other minerals to form soft,   workable clay that undergoes further    processing by blunging to thick  liquid and sieving through mesh to remove bigger particles.
• Water is removed in a filter press and the clay is mixed in a     pug mill.
• Clay extruded from the pug mill is then kneaded by hand.
• It is weighed according to the product and kneaded again into a ball shape.
• Then it is thrown into pots on the potters wheel or pressed into plaster molds.
• Household items made on the wheel include cups, bowls, plates, lamps, vases, tea and coffee pots, as well as flower pots.
• And products made from plaster molds include incense holders, foot scrubbers and many  varieties of oval, triangular, square and abstract shaped dishes.
• After given desired shape and smooth finishing every item is thoroughly dried in the sun.
• Pots are then biscuit fired in the kiln to 800 °C.
• A glaze coat is applied and allowed to dry.
• Glazed pots are fired a second time to 1250 °C to become stoneware.




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