This past Sunday, some friends and I took a trip to Thimi. Thimi is a town between Kathmandu and Bhaktapur long famed as a pottery-making centre. The town has lovely cobbled streets, old Newari houses and rice fields. But pottery was the main purpose of our visit. We came specifically to visit Thimi Ceramics, highly recommended by another friend. Thimi Ceramics is a family own pottery business. We saw how they process the clay, spin it on a wheel, finessing the shape, detail the pieces, fire them and then glaze them. The company produces orders for all over Nepal and around the world in their cute little premises, though with some struggle. For instance, a massive order from Italy for 9000 pieces crippled them for many months last year. And then after that, it was ‘no more big orders’.
My little purchase was a two person dinner setting only: small plate, large plate, small bowl, large bowl, teacup and saucer. Not as bad as some of the other volunteers in the past, who acquired full 12 person dinner sets.