Ten-second takeaway

A small settlement that transports you to a simpler time, Pottery Town is where you can shop for everything from clay water pots to planters, tiny diyas, and massive Ganeshas.

Potter around

Long before pottery became a fashionable/therapeutic pastime of the arty-farty, Bangalore’s Pottery Town was already rocking the trade. A trip to Pottery Town, an age-old settlement in the Cantonment area, will bring you face-to-face with a part of the city that still oozes rustic charm and reminds of a bygone time.

At the wheel

Narrow streets are  lined with small houses on both sides, and you’ll often see a goat or two chomping on grass in the compounds or in the streets. Move along and you’ll find entire porches and a good part of the busy street covered with every kind of earthenware. Lines of fresh-off-the-wheel creations, still baking in the sun, sit next to ready-to-sell ware. If you are a gardener, then there are pots and planters of various shapes and sizes that you can take home. If you are into DIY, this is just the place for you. You can let your creativity run wild on the plain looking vases, kullads, palm-sized diyas, and miniature pots and pans that you can find in almost every shop here. You can also poke your head around the doors of workshops and catch a glimpse of potters spinning their magic on the wheel. 

#LBB Tip

Pottery Town makes for a colorful sight during the Ganapathi festival every year. You’ll be bowled over by the sheer size and the many avatars of the elephant god, we promise. Drop by and soak in the festive spirit and don’t forget to take plenty of Instagram-worthy clicks.

Where: Pottery Town, Benson Town

Featured image via: K. Gopinathan for The Hindu