To design a low-cost portable kiln for rural small-scale pottery with a smoke extractor to improve production output and improve the safety of the user.
Our current problem area lies in the villages of Kanalva and Ambala where the local communities work on traditional home pottery with their specialities includes applying Geru (Red soil solution with high Ferric Oxide content) and Lac (Excreta of Laccifer Lacca or Lac beetle which is sourced from the branches of the Pohim Tree in the months of April/May). The user demographic is adults (Men & Women) in the age group of 25-70 (approx.). The design is supposed to help improve their production output and improve their workplace safety by drawing out the smoke and providing adequate insulation from the heat of the *Bhatthi.Our main field visit was in the village of Kanalva which is about 15 Kms from the town of Chhota Udepur towards Madhya Pradesh border. Our main objective of the visit was to observe the potters of the village and study their practices, techniques and interactions with the environment and each other. Before going to Kanalva we did some preliminary research with the SRISTI team who had interacted with this community previously so that we could know what questions to ask them to better understand their problems.
Link: The whole system can be divided into two primary chambers. 1. Air flow chamber. 2. The main furnace chamber. The furnace was basically given an underground structure. The main furnace chamber was 3 feet in depth. The whole chamber can be divided into following sections : 1. The fuel chamber resting on the base of the furnace. 2. Inlet pipe at a height of 2.5 feet from the base for allowing the airflow in the chamber. 3. Exhaustion pipe installed at the same height from the base for smoke to exhaust. 4. The mesh on which the earthen pots and plates were to be kept. 5. The insulation unit.
Manufacturing Capacity: b) Design Support