Friday, August 15, 2014

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Ecological roots are found in clay idols. Elsie Gabriel Here’s a step by step means of making your own Ganesha idol this year. Young Environmentalists NGO.

Ecological roots are found in clay idols . Eco Friendly festivals.

Here’s a step by step means of making your own Ganesha idol this year.

Making idols of Clay is an ancient craft and is basically a tradition which can be revived in cities  too, to help find our ecological roots. Clay art has transformed but believe me till this day artists make idols for Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Durga and Lord Ganesha, for the annual festivals out  of river mud or clay as a major source of employment. Making clay idols is nothing new. We simply have to revive it. Potters made a livelihood out of this creative art. 
Miss Earth Nicole Faria promoting Eco Ganesha environment with Actor Gary Richardson and Dr.Batra.

In the ancient times of course our first farmers were connected to earth through agriculture and then the potters were  also closely connected to earth by clay crafts. Local clay and earthen crafts are till today  an integral part in the Indian rural scenario, despite  the rapid social and technological changes that are taking place.

The most common example around you is the terracotta idols you see in art shops or in villages. Terracotta objects are mostly built by molding the clay with hand or with the wheel. Terracotta is extensively used for making deity images in temples and other monuments. Clay artists made utensils for cooking, made bricks and even curios.

There fore year after year we the Young Environmentalists NGO here in Mumbai keep teaching the youth and community how to make their own Ganesha idols.One can’t merely tell people to be Eco-friendly, but when you show them how, you bring out the artist in them.Not only do they understand the concept of an eco friendly idol, they pledge never to buy a POP idol. They in turn spread the ecological message during the festival,simply by doing and watching. This i sour tenth year teaching people to make eco clay Ganesha idols,which are fun and interactive clay therapy sessions as well.
Actress and celebrity activist promoting Young Environmentalists Eco Ganesha.

  Step one- take any good garden clay right from your own back yard which is free, potters clay for a minimal amount or silt from the river bed. For the last ten years we have been using clay from the  River Mithi and Powai lake silt to create awareness about the water bodies.Clean it and sieve it and cure it till it becomes earth which feels like clean soft putty in your hands.
Use the right amount of water,not too much and not too little.Y ou will know when it’s right enough when it feels like kindergarten clay. The fact that;you are playing with clay is healing and connecting you to Mother Earth ,even without you realizing it.  

 Make two parts.One portion gola or round earth bigger in size you can keep for the body or torso  of the Lord Ganesha. Remember to give the idol a sweet little
'paunch' or stomach by which Lord Ganesha is so fondly known for. Mold it in your hands and let it sit on the ground flat.You can create a clay platform  for the idol way in advance or have a wooden tiny stage to place your idol on. Now make another gola or ball using the smaller portion.This is what you will make the head with. Give good finishing touches to them. Now place the smaller portion on top of the bigger portion and smoothen out the attachment by pinching and pressing both parts to make the body look even.Use little water to smoothen. 
Actress Bhagyashree endorsing Young Environmentalists NGO eco Ganesha idol making workshop.

Keep a picture of Lord Ganesha near you while sculpting so you can get an idea of what you would like your idol to look like.Be free,let your energy flow and simply give  in to creating your own very design.There is no hard and fast rule.Now get a third portion and roll out a long trunk, twisting it to the right.Attach the trunk to  the body smoothly again. Use two cylindrical long portions of clay to make the hands and keep another two elongated portions to create the legs.Attach them to the torso like in the picture in front of you. Be as unique and creative as you want.The more you work on the idol the more you will see a beautiful Ganesha murti emerging right before your very eyes. Make two large button size clay ears.Make them large and fanciful or elongated to look artistic  like in the picture.  
Teaching how to make Eco Ganesha idols for the last ten years...

Actress TV Star Ritu Vij promoting eco Ganesha.

Teaching how to make Eco Ganesha idols for the last ten years...

Once you finish the hands, legs and trunk, shape and texture the sculpture into its final shape by using toothpicks or a carving blunt knife. Use your remaining clay to add details like ‘modaks’ in one hand of the idol, a ‘mukut’ crown for the Lord and even create the ‘mouse’ or vehicle of Lord Ganesha.Ganesha's divine vehicle as it is said, the mouse or mooshikam represents wisdom You may leave it artistically raw in colour or shape or colour it with eco friendly colours and flowers.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ecological roots are found in clay idols. Elsie Gabriel Here’s a step by step means of making your own Ganesha idol this year. Young Environmentalists NGO.

Ecological roots are found in clay idols . Eco Friendly festivals.

Here’s a step by step means of making your own Ganesha idol this year. 

Making idols of Clay is an ancient craft and is basically a tradition which can be revived in cities
 too,to help find our ecological roots.Clay art has transformed but believe me till this day artists 
make idols for Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Durga and Lord Ganesha,for the annual festivals out  
of river mud or clay as a major source of employment. Making clay idols is nothing new. 
We simply have to revive it.Potters made a livelihood out of this creative arts. In the ancient times
 of course our first farmers were connected to earth through agriculture and then the potters were
 also closely connected to earth by clay crafts. Local clay and earthen crafts are till today 
an integral part in the Indian rural scenario, despite  the rapid social and technological changes that are taking place.

The most common example around you is the terracotta idols you see in art shops or in villages. 
Terracotta objects are mostly built by molding the clay with hand or with the wheel. Terracotta is extensively 
used for making deity images in temples and other monuments.Clay artists made utensils for cooking, made bricks
 and even curios.

There fore year after year we the Young Environmentalists NGO here in Mumbai keep teaching the youth 
and community how to make their own Ganesha idols.One can’t merely tell people to be Eco-friendly, but when you show them how, you bring out the artist in them.Not only do they understand the concept of an 
eco friendly idol, they pledge never to buy a POP idol.They in turn spread the ecological message during the 
festival,simply by doing and watching.  

 Step one- take any good garden clay right from your own back yard which is free, potters clay for 
a minimal amount or silt from the river bed. For the last ten years we have been using clay from the
 River Mithi and Powai lake silt to create awareness about the water bodies.Clean it and sieve it and 
cure it till it becomes earth which feels like clean soft putty in your hands. 
Use the right amount of water,not too much and not too little.
You will know when it’s right enough when it feels like kindergarten clay.

The fact that;you are playing with clay is healing and connecting you to Mother Earth ,even without 
you realizing it.  
 Make two parts.One portion gola or round earth bigger in size you can keep for the body or torso
 of the Lord Ganesha.Remember to give the idol a sweet little 
'paunch' or stomach by which Lord Ganesha 
is so fondly known for. Mold it in your hands and let it sit on the ground flat.You can create a clay platform
 for the idol way in advance or have a wooden tiny stage to place your idol on.

Now make another gola or ball using the smaller portion.This is what you will make the head with.
Give good finishing touches to them.
Now place the smaller portion on top of the bigger portion and smoothen out the attachment by 
pinching and pressing both parts to make the body look even.Use little water to smoothen.
Keep a picture of Lord Ganesha near you while sculpting so you can get an idea of 
what you would like your idol to look like.Be free,let your energy flow and simply give
 in to creating your own very design.There is no hard and fast rule.
Now get a third portion and roll out a long trunk, twisting it to the right.Attach the trunk to
 the body smoothly again.

Use two cylindrical long portions of clay to make the hands and keep another two elongated portions 
to create the legs.Attach them to the torso like in the picture in front of you.
Be as unique and creative as you want.The more you work on the idol the more you will 
see a beautiful Ganesha murti emerging right before your very eyes.
Make two large button size clay ears.Make them large and fanciful or elongated to look artistic
 like in the picture.   

Once you finish the hands, legs and trunk, shape and texture the sculpture into its final shape 
by using toothpicks or a carving blunt knife. Use your remaining clay to add details like ‘modaks’ in 
one hand of the idol, a ‘mukut’ crown for the Lord and even create the ‘mouse’ or vehicle of Lord 
Ganesha.Ganesha's divine vehicle as it is said, the mouse or mooshikam represents wisdom.

 You may leave it artistically raw in colour or shape or colour it with eco friendly colours and flowers.

Clay and mud helps you connect with Mother Earth.

Teaching the blind and disabled to experience clay therapy. 

Eco Ganesha clay idol making workshop campaigns over the last ten Young Environmentalists NGO.