Pottery in the Indian subcontinent has an ancient history and is one of the most tangible and iconic elements of Indian Art. Evidence of pottery has been found in the early settlements of Lahuradewa and later theIndus Valley Civilisation. Today, it is a cultural art that is still practiced extensively in Indian Subcontinent. Until recent times all Indian pottery has been Earthenware, including terracotta.
Hindu traditions historically discouraged the use of pottery for eating off, which probably explains the noticeable lack of traditions of fine or luxury pottery in South Asia, in contrast to East Asia and other parts of Eurasia. Large matki jars for the storage of water or other things form the largest part of traditional Indian pottery, as well as objects such as lamps. Small simple Kulhar cups, and also oil lamps, that are disposable after a single use remain common. Today, pottery thrives as an art form in India. Various platforms, including potters' markets and online pottery boutiques have contributed to this trend.