Coimbatore potter creates an earthen fridge to retailer greens

A Coimbatore-based potter has provide you with an earthen ‘fridge’ that may maintain greens recent for as much as 4 days

A Coimbatore-based potter has provide you with an earthen ‘fridge’ that may maintain greens recent for as much as 4 days

There’s a energy outage on the Sivasamy family that afternoon. His spouse has pulled up a charpoy by the again door and is fanning herself. Their grandson has lit a candle inside his room to review. M Sivasamy himself is huffing and puffing, saying, “The warmth!”. However their greens will not be complaining. Seated snugly inside an earthen pot association, they’re recent and aromatic of the earth. Sivasamy, a potter primarily based in Karumathampatti close to Coimbatore, constructed the contraption in 2018, that he calls ‘earthen fridge’.

Greens positioned in a compartment contained in the pot can keep recent for upto 4 days
| Picture Credit score: PERIASAMY M

“I used to be on the wheel one afternoon, chatting with my kin as I labored, after we got here up with the concept,” recollects the 70-year-old, who runs a sprawling earthenware retailer out of his dwelling. Having labored with clay all his life, Sivasamy was searching for methods to reinvent his craft that appeared to wane in reputation. “All I needed to do was tweak an already present design,” he says.

The fridge is available in two sizes: two ft and two-and-a-half ft in size. It’s in essence a cylindrical earthen pot with a plastic faucet. “In truth, every of those variants can maintain as much as 15 and 18 litres of water,” factors out Sivasamy. The greens are saved in a separate cylindrical earthen pot that may slide into the larger one. It sits contained in the pot like a float, a layer of water round it on the skin to protect its contents.  

“We now have seen that greens keep recent for as much as 4 days,” says Sivasamy, including, “It may also be used to retailer eggs, milk and curd.” The thought is to assist run a sustainable kitchen. “Many individuals are drawn in direction of earthen pots for the candy scent of rain and earth that the pots lend when used for storage,” says Sivasamy. “Greens saved on this fridge too carry the perfume,” he says.

Sivasamy will get the contraption made at close by Sampanthampalayam. “Clay out there within the village is of excellent high quality,” he provides. The primary couple of years when he put up the contraption on the market, it didn’t have many takers. “However this summer time has been good, sales-wise,” he says.

Sivasamy is from a household of potters. “My father, grandfather, and great-grandfather have been potters too,” he says, including: “These days, we made nothing apart from pots and lamps for Karthigai Deepam.” At this time although, his store has a variety of earthen cookware, in addition to earthen tumblers and water bottles.

“Generally, when I’ve a buyer strolling in, asking for a fridge, I smile considering what my ancestors would say,” he says. “A fridge, made from clay?” he chuckles, “They’d have laughed in disbelief.”

The earthen fridge, that may be shipped throughout India, is priced at ₹1,600 and ₹1,800. For particulars, name 8015032612.

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