Ramadass Pottery Factory also known as Velavar Pottery
Resident Lot2269 Jalan Teluk Piah Kanan, 45000 Kuala Selangor, Selangor.
Phone:+6012 358 6304
Considering the finest clay is found near the coastline, the pottery industry has always been an important aspect of Kuala Selangor’s history. Awarded the 2012 Kuala Selangor Pottery Master Craftsman title for cultural excellence, development and preservation is V.N Ramadas A/L Vengadasalam of the Ramadas Pottery Factory, also known as V.N Ramadas Pottery. Devoting almost 50 years to Indian pottery-making, he was taught the basics by his father who started the business in 1931.
After taking over, this master in pottery and ceramics implemented the knowledge and skills acquired from the Malaysian Institute of Art to improve his products. Made with rare ball clay, items include cookware, house decorations, worship statues and incense burner holders. Apart from ceramics, batu tungku (healing stone) is also sold here. Although this is a traditional artform, the practice is still kept alive and well as the older generation still uses a lot of earthenware, notably for cooking.
In recent years, modern technology has been employed to ease the preparation process. This includes electricity-powered spins, mixers and permanent kilns. In spite of these beneficial additions, the antique equipment is still maintained for visitors. In fact, the workshop still operates in a modest yet spacious hut along Jalan Kelang. It is divided into three areas: front for throwing and teaching, adjoining for kiln and firewood and rear for casting and drying.
Nowadays, the business is managed by his master potter son, Velavar. Therefore, do not be shocked to find out that the store is also referred to as Velavar Pottery. Live demonstrations, 2-hour learning courses and student interview opportunities are available here to tourists and locals alike. Overall, the Ramadas name is renowned in Selangor and stands as one of the last traditional potteries remaining in Kuala Selangor, out of the estimated original 50. Book an appointment or feel free to walk-in to experience the fun.