The Bagri Foundation had the wonderful opportunity to speak to ceramic artist Ghulam Hyder Daudpota during the short course Ceramics of Pakistan, taking place in May 2018 at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts. In the course, students explored and created the vibrant colours, designs and common motifs, including floral/foliate forms, geometry, and calligraphy, of ceramics from the country.
In this video, Ghulam Hyder shows us how to make homemade glazes from raw materials: the black outline is created by mixing manganese dioxide with olive oil; a transparent glaze is made from binders; this transparent glaze is at a later stage mixed together with different coloured ceramic pigments (in powdered form).
This short course was part of the Bagri Foundation Open Programme at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts. Over the last three years, the programme has expanded the offering and scope of short courses dedicated to traditional art practices from Asian cultures.
See more of the students’ pieces via our online image gallery.
About the artist
Ghulam Hyder Daudpota was awarded a full Jameel scholarship to study at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts (PSTA). In 2010, when he graduated with a Masters with Distinction, he was also awarded the Jerwood Art prize by HRH Prince of Wales. He is the Founder and Chairman of NITA Crafts Development Co-operative Society Nasarpur. Each year, Ghulam Hyder also joins the PSTA team in Baku, Azerbaijan as a consultant teacher of traditional ceramic techniques at the Icherisheher Centre for Traditional Arts. Belonging to a family of ceramic tile-makers Kashikar in Nasarpur, Ghulam Hyder is intent on making sure the craft of Kashikari tile-making thrives and is maintained to the highest standards.