Nepal | Kathmandu

Pottery Making and Heritage


Pottery Making and Heritage

USD 60


Ceramics and Pottery making

Pottery Making and Heritage: Thimi, the leading pottery hub in town, attracts visitors seeking an authentic and hands-on experience. With its close proximity to Bhaktapur, Thimi makes for a perfect day trip, offering a glimpse into the age-old craft and the bustling side streets brimming with skilled artisans. 

The ancient art of traditional pottery making in Nepal dates back to a long time. Pots play an integral part of everyday life for storage, carrying water, lamps and decorative purposes. Pottery serves more than just household purposes – it holds great meaning in cultural and ritual affairs. In the Newar culture, clay pots are integral, representing a crucial element of their traditions. The creation of traditional Newari rice wine, known as aila, relies on a specialized ceramic setup consisting of various clay containers and a large vessel with holes, enabling the distillation process. 

While ceramics and glazing were not traditionally part of Nepal’s clay art, the introduction of the Ceramic Project in Bhaktapur has added new dimensions to the craft. Though natural color coats are used to give a smooth red finish to the products, most clay crafts in the region remain in the timeless terracotta style, radiating their distinctive red hue. 

Despite the influence of modernization and development, the potters of the Valley remain steadfast in their dedication to the craft. Their potter’s wheels continue to spin, sustaining a centuries-old tradition that holds strong sociocultural values in local livelihoods. Thimi, with its remarkable pottery heritage, offers a captivating journey into the world of Nepali clay artistry and its rich heritage that shapes the region’s identity. Prepare yourself to play and dip your hands into the clay.


  • Unveil the ancient pottery heritage of Thimi
  • Explore the religious aspect of pottery along with cultural significance
  • Learn the technique of creating and shaping the clay from the artisans
  • Immerse yourself in a fun activity with friends and family


Starting from the basics, you can get your hands on the potter’s wheel and learn the age-old technique. With friends and families or by yourself, and get your hands dirty! You can relax and take your time to set your hands to make your own piece of pottery. In the session, your instructor will guide you how to create with different techniques. You will be provided with the clay, tools, and any materials you need to create your own artwork. You will be shown how your artwork is fired and glazed.

  • Product Design: Flower vase, Diyo, small pots
  • Maximum pax: 6 pax
  • Workshop Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Services Included

  • Pottery making class, service charge, material cost
  • Visit Thimi Pottery Square
  • Traditional Newari Lunch
  • Take-away the self-made product as a souvenir (in raw form)

Services Excluded

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Other additional expenses
  • Expenses arising from unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Royal Mountain Travel