Not just matkas and kulhads, clay can be used to cool homes, build furniture, preserve food, play music, and even purify air. Meet five innovators harnessing the potential of terracotta craft.
Imagination and creativity knows no bounds. Innovators have shown us that with out-of-the-box thinking, anything is possible. Clay has traditionally been used to keep water cool. When it keeps water cool, can it do the same for other things? Can it be used as a fridge? What other products can be made using clay?
Turns out, clay can be used to make air conditioners, furniture, fridges, even purify air. It can even be used to play music!
Here are five amazing clay innovations that are changing the way one can use clay:
- Clay Air-conditioners
Ant Studio has built an air conditioner that uses cylindrical clay cones and the concept of evaporative cooling. Using clay, they have built an economical and energy-efficient solution.
- Clay tile furniture
Architect Manoj Patel gave a new lease of life to ‘Mangalore tiles’ (clay roof tiles) by using them in furniture. The best part – they can be used in monsoons too.
- Clay Amplifiers
Following his father’s footsteps, Sivaprakash K became a miniature pottery artist. Innovating with what he could make, he made zero-electricity acoustic amplifiers.
- Clay Fridges
Tamil Nadu potter M Sivasamy has built a portable and eco-friendly refrigerator using clay, which can keep vegetables, milk, curd, etc fresh for up to four days, without using electricity.
- Clay pots that provide electricity
Peruvian inventor Hernán Asto Cabezas has built a clay container that purifies air and lights up your space for 12 hours. He has united biology and solar energy to purify air.
Edited by Padmashree Pande
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