You could go to shopping centres or fancy places like Khan Market to buy your diyas, but why not get what you want directly from Delhi’s potter communities and street sellers? Here’s where to go.
As well as stocking up on diyas this Diwali you’ll probably be in the market for some plant pots too. So, here’s the pottery places that will help you light up your house for Diwali and also get your home ready for winter blooms.
Potter Community off Africa Avenue
Meet Rosie (photo below), a purveyor of pottery on one of the many stalls that line a little lane off Africa Avenue.
Rosie offers some delightful pieces and is a pleasure to haggle with! There’s no such thing as a fixed price when you come to these places. If Rosie doesn’t have what you want, then take a walk down to the other stalls.
Located on AK Roy Marg, Lekha Vihar, off Africa Avenue. Here’s the google map to give you an idea
Potters at Press Enclave Marg
If you’ve been to Max Super Speciality Hospital you’ll probably have passed this community of potters.
Their shops stretch out for about one kilometre along Press Enclave Marg (the south side). Aim for Malviya Nagar Metro Station, travel west and you’ll be parked up in and bargaining for diyas and plant pots in no time.
Candle makers at the Blind School Mela
Okay, it’s not exactly a potter community, but the blind school makes the best candles I’ve put my hands on. More information on where to go to get these diyas can be found right here.
Potters at Paraganj market
If you’re looking for an excuse to head into Old Delhi and enjoy its culinary delights, then this will help. There’s a potter community slap bang in the centre of Paraganj, to the south west of New Delhi Railway Station.
Wondering how to find it? Ask someone. It’s only a couple of minutes walk and a local will know the way.
Potter Colony at Bindapur
Kuhmar Gram (literally Potters place), also known as Potters Colony, is home to a community of hundreds of potters from Alwar, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, who’ve come to Delhi in search of better business opportunities. I haven’t been yet, but it’s on the to do list.
Located at Bindapur, Uttam Nagar, nr Janakpuri, in the west of the city. Here’s the google map that you get you to the area. You’ll then need to ask where it is.
Why not make your own?
You’ll need to get a move on, but the Ceramic Centre at the Sanskrit Foundation, offers residences, classes and interactive workshops for people that are interested in pottery.
You might not have time to fire your own diyas and pots this year, but maybe there’s a class or two for you in the future? There’s also a candle decorating workshop taking place on Sunday 23rd October. Take a look at this link for more information and how to book.