The Kumbhar community moulds local clay into countless forms of decorative earthenware.  They craft a wide variety of vessels such as matka for water storage, ketli to hold tea, and kulada to keep buttermilk. Kumbhar women use red, black, and white clay-based paints to decorate each piece of pottery with distinct community-specific designs.  Clay is collected from the banks of local lakes.  Artisans transport the clay to their village by tractor or donkey cart.  There, they beat the hard lumps of clay into a fine powder.  This clay powder is mixed with water and kneaded into an elastic dough.  The artisans sit at their potter’s wheel and as the wheel spins, they give shape to the dough, turning it into a vessel.