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“Shaping an Earthen Pot” by Doranne Jacobson

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Nimkhera, Madhya Pradesh, India, March 2010. A village potter creates a water storage vessel, continuing a subcontinental tradition of more than 4,000 years. His young son looks on, starting to learn skills passed from father to son for untold generations. India's potter castes proudly bear the title Prajapati, or Lord of Creatures, reflecting their ability to transform ordinary clay into essential household and ritual vessels as well as sacred images. Today, however, increasing use of plastic and tin containers is putting many potters out of business. This potter's brother works as a van driver, and his son may not be able to earn a living practicing their ancestral occupation. Photo courtesy Doranne Jacobson

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Taken on March 15, 2010