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Clay Play on Potter’s Wheel in Coorg & Mother’s Day Giveaway Winners

Friends, I'm back after the hiatus. The 15-day trip has revitalized our spirits and body. The trip happened all too suddenly that I could not update you all about the blogging break. Actually, one other reason why I did not muster up the confidence to write about the trip before hand is the vulnerability of it all. Don't we know about the cyber punks and their hideous ways. Gosh! So, better be safe than sorry. 

But, one thing I am profusely sorry about is the delay in announcing the winners of the Mother's Day Giveaway. I tried posting the results while we were on holiday but the internet connectivity was so erratic that I could not publish that post. Late it is, but I am delighted to share the names of the three wonderful winners of the gorgeous bead necklaces. Please see the announcement at the end of this post.

Over the next few posts, I'll share pictures and brief write-ups about our experience in Coorg or Madikeri – the gorgeous little hill town, in South India, nestled amidst dense coffee plantations that paint the landscape with the richest and most lustrous shade of green! I'll also share some unique peeps from Mysore – the royal city, also nicknamed the city of palaces. The palaces apart, it was the ubiquitous greenery of Mysore and its romantic weather that was the highlight of the place, as far as we are concerned.

In Coorg/Madikeri, we stayed at the Club Mahindra Kodagu Valley resort, which, in my view is the greenest and most beautiful resorts in the country. We had taken membership with Club Mahindra some three years back. And, I can bet, it has turned out to be one of the best investments we have made toward our short-term and long-term traveling goals and dreams.

I truly believe, what a child can learn by traveling, seeing and experiencing, she/he cannot learn with even years of formal education or schooling. With this realization, we try as much as possible to travel and see our own country as well as strive to visit other countries and cultures. Not surprising then that our bank balance never looks promising enough but our souls are always brimming with delight and wonder…(smiles!)

So, second day into our stay at Coorg/Madikeri, when we got the opportunity at the potter's wheel, I knew it instinctively that Pari would be thrilled to try her hand on it. And, I don't think I should get any prizes for guessing this. Should I? 

After all, just like water, there's a magic to the mould-able softness and textures of wet clay that is so enticing for small hands. And when the kid gets to not just play with clay but also is able to move it, mould it and watch the sheer messiness turn into a tangible form, it is mesmerizing, to say the least.  

So, I'll let this post be a photo essay as the pictures speak for themselves. Do come back here to check out more on Coorg and Mysore.

Enjoy the photo essay canvassing a kid's love with clay and potter's wheel!

(At the end of this post, I share the 3 lucky winners of the Mother's Day Giveaway!)

The skilled potter was helping the kids make their own vase/pot as remembrance. But, I politely told him that making a perfectly shaped vessel was not my intention for Pari. I wanted her to just experience the fun and the thrill of moving the clay, shaping it whichever way and basically relishing the whole experience.

She came to do it another day and this time, she was showing more confidence – pulling it up, applying pressure etc.

She made small round balls with the clay for the potter to shape it into coffee beans and stick them up on the vase.

She thoroughly enjoyed the process; was even able to give 'some' shape to the clay. But, ultimately she wanted the potter to shape her vase and adorn it so she could take the vase home!

The third time around when she went to that place, the potters was pretty amused. He just let her be and allowed her to do what she wanted, only reminding her from time to time to wet her hands and helping keep the clay wet by pouring drops of water on edges.

Considering how much she enjoyed the whole experience, I plan to get some clay and may be even a potter's wheel for her to play with at home. Who knows, this may well become a passion for her. Even if it doesn't, it'll be truly therapeutic for a young soul…

And now, for the three lucky winners of the Mother's Day Giveaway!

They are:

  1. Ramona @ aloneinholyland@blogspot.com
     
  2. Joyce Weatherford unexpectedtreasures.weebly.com/
     
  3. Oksana

Congratulations to all three of you and thank you for participating and heartily sharing what you like to do as part of your "me time".
I will contact you individually to take your shipping details and will ship the prizes within the next couple of days. 

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  • vitoria antar June 1, 2011, 11:16 pm

    As always I am mesmerized by what she does, her curiosity and willingness to learn something new. You are a great Mother to expose her to all these trips and different things that enlarge her brain, what is interesting is her natural curiosity in trying new things. I like the idea that your might purchase de clay for her to have it at home.

    Here and there I buy a Lotto ticket and in general the owner/workers are Indians and I tell them: If I winn I am taking you with me to India!!! But so far no luck… So, thru you I visit India and enjoy reading about it and most of all seen Pari doing her things. More power to you! Happy that you are back home. Hugs to all. Vitoria

  • kiran June 2, 2011, 1:36 pm

    You are a wonderful Mom, dear !! Giving Pari so much of exposure to various things and igniting her tiny mind …. ….. I am sure you will bring out the best in her …… :))
    Liked your photo essay too :)

  • Jude June 2, 2011, 4:19 pm

    Wow, what a fantastic experience for her. My youngest loves using a virtual potters wheel on my iPad, but it’s not quite the same thing!
    Thanks for adding this to Mini-Masterpieces.

  • mama roses June 4, 2011, 5:10 am

    What a lovely hobby it would be for Pari to pick up Rashmie. For sure there will be many more that you’ll unfold to her.
    “The third time around when she went to that place, the potters was pretty amused.”
    Had me grinning from ear to ear. You have a budding pottery enthusiast on hand. It is indeed thereupetic.

  • Ashu June 6, 2011, 11:14 am

    Rashmie lovely blog..lovely pics of pari all engrossed in making clay pots.This summer vacation even khwaish got chance to try her hand on potter’s wheel at her school and she got some lovely pots…and also some timeback went on one day outing and tried hands on pottery…awesome experience….we got all pots back home and coloured the same with different colour…just thought of sharing with u.
    Coorg is lovely place …i m sure u visited ‘Golden temple’ buddist monstery also…i been to coorg 4 years back…may b will go with khwaish sometime.

  • Jayadeep Purushothaman June 10, 2011, 2:52 pm

    Hi there – I reached here searching for “Pottery Coorg” :) While it is true that you learn a lot by travelling and seeing things, don’t drill into a kid that it must be done – that is going to be difficult for the future generations with the world past peak oil and travel is one of the major suckers of natural resources. IMO, what you need to develop in your kid is “seeing” things wherever you are, travelling need not be a precondition. In fact, there are opportunities to learn wherever you are – you don’t really have to travel. And as you know it is an expensive one as well. I know your mileage varies and needless to say I am not big on travelling but I do like the food I eat(especially korean) while being forced to travel on business:( BTW, nice blog and interesting stuff!

    • Rashmie Jaaju June 16, 2011, 2:34 pm

      Jayadeep,
      Thank you for sharing your views. You are very much entitled to what you think. I appreciate your concern for conserving oil for future generations. Having said that, I think you are sitting on judgement when you say things like ” don’t drill into a kid that it must be done” and that “traveling need not be a precondition” without having any context into what else I do with my kid besides traveling, to expand her learning. I never suggested traveling is the ONLY way to make kids learn. I also never said that there is no value in seeing things locally. On the contrary, we as a family go out to see our city every weekend, visit the gardens and the forests rather than going to malls or to movie halls.
      And why do you think that business travel is justified and traveling for your own sake is not? Business travel can be avoided too. There are various option like skype and video conferencing etc.!
      So, let’s not force our opinions on others. There are many other ways (besides going low on fuel) to conserve our environment and do our bit for the future generation. Each individual or family has its own ways and lifestyle and priorities. Practical approach to environment consciousness will sustain longer while idealistic ways will only look good in make believe books!
      Nevertheless, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  • Michelle July 17, 2011, 4:05 pm

    That is great!! I believe the same thing. Kids learn through doing and seeing. Not through sitting in a classroom. But, my kids will go to public school, I’ll just keep adding to their “education” with experiences.

    • Rashmie Jaaju July 21, 2011, 9:18 am

      Michelle,
      Thank you for stopping by to share your comment. I’m sure you will enrich your kids’ learning experience at home by doing what only you can. :) It’s so true that no matter which school the kids go to, the education, values and bond nurtured at homes will shape their minds for ever…

  • Rahul August 8, 2011, 11:55 am

    beautiful kid…beautiful craftship…

    • Rashmie Jaaju August 11, 2011, 9:08 am

      Thanks, Rahul :)

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