At Mantra I encourage the creativity in our dozen or so employees. R. Gopalkrishnan who has been with me for over 12 years is now a master. He runs the whole production ( around 1000 pieces a month ) and is a very talented decorator and thrower. He lives in one of the nearby villages as do all our employees
We do everything by hand and use as few tools as possible. In India there are no ceramic supply shops so we have had to search for all our materials and to build all our equipment ourselves, from wheels to banding wheels, kilns, moulds and finally now a ball mill, our first real machine. The kilns are fired with locally grown firewood. We are fortunate that good quality refractories are now available in India and so we can have fairly efficient kilns.