Hi! I am an artisan of copper bells. I was born in Kutch, Gujarat. My father was also a metal bell artisan and had also received a state award.
Copper Bells Making Skills
I have learned this art from my father since childhood. I often helped him with his work. At the age of 18-19, I perfected and began to independently make metal bells. Now in this craft apart from bells, other products like wind chimes and xylophones are also made. I can make bells of different sizes.
Copper Bells Making Process
The art of making products from copper bells is one of the important crafts of Kutch, Gujarat. Raw materials like iron sheets are procured from Bhuj and copper from Jamnagar. First, the iron sheet is cut according to the bell to be made with the help of a sheet cutter, then it is made round and hollow i.e. cylindrical. This is all done without welding, using only a hammer and a few basic tools.
Then the bell is immersed in mud water. It is then coated with a powder of copper and zinc pieces. The mixture of clay and raw cotton is kneaded well with the help of a piece of wood. This kneaded clay is spread by pressing by hand and the bell is completely wrapped with this clay sheet. Later it is heated in a kiln and baked well. Once fully baked, the bell is taken out of the kiln and immersed in water to cool. The outer layer of clay is carefully removed with a hammer and thus metal bells are made.
Wooden pieces are used as clappers because they produce better sound than iron.
Metal bells are a product of home decoration. These can be used to make wind chimes and wall hangings. Metal bells can be the best choice for gifts.
I have expertise in making Metal Bells Wind Chimes.
I have 14 years of experience in metal bell craft.
Participation in Exhibitions
I have exhibited my products at Hunar Haat in Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Goa, and Surat. I have also participated in exhibitions organized by Dastkar and Dastkari Haat Samiti in Delhi, Pune, and Chennai. Apart from these, I have participated in exhibitions organized by Garvi Gurjari and Adirang Mahotsav.
I have received “Shilp Samman” at Shilpgram Utsav in Udaipur.
Training Programmes Conducted
I have given training in Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and Maharaja Ranjitsinh Gaekwad Institute of Design in Vadodara, Gujarat.
In the future, I would like to export my products to other countries. I also want my future generations to carry this legacy forward so that in the future this craft does not become extinct.