After spending time in India – i can only say that i left there want to learn more about their culture, people and spirituality; i was completely fascinated with the artisans, spiritualists, vendors, technology, history – a vast world so unlike the day-to-day of western culture. Sign me up! I could easily live there and adjust to the heat, humidity and way of life; it just what one does.
At the end of my journey on the way back to Mumbai to catch my final flight home to the west coast, we scheduled a stop to these uruli brass makers. They make the traditional bowls using a lost wax process. That means creating a was mold, building a harder cement mold around that and then firing the piece over a real fire overnight and collecting the lost wax for other pieces. Then it moves from person to person to complete the finishing process – remove and smooth down areas, add detail work, and finally to polish and shine the piece. This one company made everything from huge 500 lb bells to large life size statues of gods, to smaller hand held pieces of the same.