Engineering soil properties of Bhaktapur pottery

Authors

  • Ratna Shova Prajapati Civil Engineering Department, Khwopa College of Engineering, Libali-8, Bhaktapur, Nepal
  • Rameshwor Shrestha Civil Engineering Department, Khwopa College of Engineering, Libali-8, Bhaktapur, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jsce.v4i0.22379

Keywords:

Soil, Pottery, Suryamadi, Pottery-Square, Bhaktapur

Abstract

Pottery is one of the historic occupations of people of Bhaktapur. The tradition has been handed over to many successors, and the culture is still alive. Pottery in Bhaktapur municipality is concentrated in two parts namely; Suryamadi and Pottery-Square. The pottery work is adopted by ethnic group Prajapati, only they produce ceramic products in Bhaktapur municipality. Potters collect soil from specific location of Bhaktapur; Kamalbinayak, Nangakhel, Sipadol, and Tathali, which is suitable soil for ceramic manufacture. The soil samples from pottery site Suryamadi and Pottery-Square were collected. Grain size analysis, liquid limit and plasticity limit were tested. From the analysis, the soil sample from Pottery-Square was found to be finer than that from Suryamadi. Clay content and moisture holding capacity of the Suryamadi pottery work are greater than that of Pottery-Square pottery work. It shows that the Suryamadi pottery work had high tendency to get cracks and crumbled.

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Published

2017-04-03

How to Cite

Prajapati, R. S., & Shrestha, R. (2017). Engineering soil properties of Bhaktapur pottery. Journal of Science and Engineering, 4, 38–40. https://doi.org/10.3126/jsce.v4i0.22379

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Research Papers