Our journey started from Mati an Ahmedabad based earthen pottery shop; through which we came across Kanubhai lavjibhai Prajapati. He has been doing pottery since he was 20. It took him 40 years to get to the stage that he is at. Through his pottery skills he has not only been able to expand his network within Gujarat but also outside the state.
From all the activities that we observed we concentrated on the level of networking that happen between him and the people that he deals with. This ranges from people that he imports materials from to small roadside sellers to dealers from different states.
We went to his house that is situated in Chandlodia. Once we went in the evening to not only see the activities that take place but to majorly observe the interactions that take place during that period of time. The other time that we went was in the morning from 6a.m to 12 noon, their daily working hours, to observe and discuss who they deal with and which places they supply to. It was a bit tough task to take out all the information, as it is usually difficult for someone to recollect every deal at once. So after we got as much as we could during the discussion with him and his sons we stayed back for a bit longer, pointed at peculiar products and asked about them. By doing this, we got the information that we have today. We didn’t leave a single piece get out of our sight.
We concluded that behind a simple roadside potter there is a huge invisible, complex network that runs. To make a simple pot a lot of transportation and coordination takes place to bring all the necessary materials from different place to one. And also once the desired product is done another level of networking happens to take it to its destination.