pottery

Ajang Tsepal, 68 years old, is the one of the few potters still working in Ladakh. He grew up in Likir village, an hour and a half away from Leh, and still lives there today with his family. The old village lies nine kilometers off the main highway. It has been forty-five years since he began working as a potter. His grandfather used to do this craft and taught him. At that time, everyone in the village used to be a potter but each produced a different variety of pottery.
Slowly, the craft disappeared, and Ajang remained the only one. When he first started to do this work, he didn’t really have the choice. He had to continue what his grandfather was working on, and above all needed money. After becoming used to it, he started liking this handicraft and this feeling has never left him since. Being a potter is the only way for him to earn money today.