About Us

THIMI CERAMICS, A 35 year – experience.

 The first glazed earthenware ceramics in Nepal began in 1987.

  • Founded in 1985, by Santa Bahadur Prajapati and his two sons Santa Kumar & Laxmi Kumar Prajapati.
  • One of seven pioneering pottery workshops of Nepal
  • Trained in Nepal, India, Thailand and USA.
  • A first research place for electric potters wheel and oil-fired burner/kiln trials.

The first Nepali stoneware ceramics producer from 2004.THIMI CERAMICS is proud to be the first Stoneware ceramics producer of Nepal. Our father only knew unglazed traditional earthenware.

In 1987 we began producing glazed earthenware, and in 2004 we began producing hard, waterproof stoneware after three years of research.

While much of the pottery produced in Thimi remains distinctly traditional, about seven of the workshops in the pottery Cooperative have begun using modern methods in earnest. Thimi Ceramics is one of these seven pioneering workshops. It was founded by Santa Bahadur Prajapati and his two sons, Santa Kumar and Laxmi Kumar. While participating in the CPPN, the two young brothers pursued training abroad in India and Thailand, and then, with the help of the CPPN, established their own pottery in 1985. Having gathered experience from their training in other countries, the two brothers had developed many new ideas for a more modern, professional approach to their business. Thimi Ceramics was one of the first workshops to incorporate electric wheels along with oil-fired kilns, and began making the first glazed, earthenware ceramics beginning in 1987.

Most recently, the Thimi Ceramics workshop has begun once again to venture into new territory. Assisted by a young American potter by the name of Ani Kasten, Santa and Laxmi Kumar began producing high-fire stoneware ceramics for the first time in Nepal.  This newest project was generously sponsored by the Ramsay Merriam Fund in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. Under this sponsorship, Ani Kasten worked jointly with Thimi Ceramics team to design and build new, modern kilns, capable of firing to higher temperatures, to create new, original designs for stoneware table ware, and to formulate a whole new range of glazes to suit the new clay body. This new clay consists of the indigenous red clay of the Kathmandu Valley with some additional, high-fire minerals included to create hard, durable, vitrified ware that will better withstand daily use in the  kitchen.

Santa and Laxmi Kumar have always believed strongly in preserving the tradition of pottery made by hand. The quality and aesthetics of ceramic goods created by hand on the potter’s wheel cannot be matched by machine-produced wares and this conviction held by the brothers has brought much distinction to the pottery made at Thimi Ceramics. The rhythmic and delicate lines left by the potter’s fingers as he pulls the clay up to form a bowl and the soft feeling of a hand-pulled cup handle that melds with the shape of one’s fingers while holding the cup give a subtle feeling of delight to whomever uses the pot.

We currently employ twenty potters to produce our ceramic tableware and other household items.

 

How do we make?

  • The basic material clay is dug from the rice fields.
  • The clay is mixed with water and other minerals to form soft, workable clay that undergoes further processing by blunging to thick liquid and sieving through mesh to remove bigger particles.
  • Water is removed in a filter press and the clay is mixed in a pug mill.
  • Clay extruded from the pug mill is then kneaded by hand.
  • It is weighed according to the product and kneaded again into a ball shape.
  • Then it is thrown into pots on the potters wheel or pressed into plaster molds.
  • Household items made on the wheel include cups, bowls, plates, lamps, vases, tea and coffee pots, as well as flower pots.
  • And products made from plaster molds include incense holders, foot scrubbers and many varieties of oval, triangular, square and abstract shaped dishes.
  • After given desired shape and smooth finishing every item is thoroughly dried in the sun.
  • Pots are then biscuit fired in the kiln to 800 °C.
  • A glaze coat is applied and allowed to dry.
  • Glazed pots are fired a second time to 1250 °C to become stoneware.