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Name :Koushik Gowda
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What is the Problem?
Srinivas belongs to a small village near Kundapura in a pottery family. The profession
has carried for ages across many generations in his family.He was forced to drop his
schooling and had to work in a hotel as his father was bed ridden during his early
years. After multiple training at multiple locations Srinivas got into the art of making
clay products. Srinivas is an individual entrepreneur who markets and sells his
products for both wholesale and retail. For wholesale he sells to markets at Mangalore
and Udupi and locally sells to customers who visit his workshop and the adjoining
exhibition centre where he displays his products branded under his store name of
‘Srinivas Pottery’. The pottery pieces range from INR10INR 150. The pieces are rated
based on product category and design. Lately Srinivas is also dealing with health
problems, one of which is a chronic back pain due to the sitting posture while making
pottery. Sitting posture while making pottery causes a minimum of 185 pounds of
stress on the back, hour in and hour out. Leaning to the right to view our work adds
more stress. Coupled with these strains, applying work pressures to the clay through
our arms adds even more. To cap it off, he often, unthinkingly, lifts the finished
pot while leaning forward from a seated position. The ideal position for the lumbar
spine is lying flat on your back; that puts only 25 pounds of force on the disks. Srinivas
is planning to shift over to a different profession due to lack of right markets for
produced products and also the lack of technology and knowledge to address
Why is it a problem?
Beacuse in this modern days There is no demand for pottery.
Who is facing the problem?
Srinivas is dealing with health problems, one of which is a chronic
back pain due to the sitting posture while making pottery. Sitting
posture while making pottery causes a minimum of 185 pounds of
stress on the back, hour in and hour out. Leaning to the right to
view our work adds more stress. Coupled with these strains,
applying work pressures to the clay through our arms adds even
When and where does the problem occur?
community is reducing in numbers due to lack of market linkage, increased drudgery
and lack of hands-on training on new designs. The new generation finds it impossible
to survive by making and selling mud items due to minimal demand. “Items made of
clay are no longer in demand. One can not even earn bread for his family by selling
such things as only a few people buy these and that too during the festival season.
What are users complaining about the existing solutions?
Recently Srinivas was made aware of how online presence and
mobile applications can help reach out to a larger audience.
Srinivas is looking for help where he can reach out to a larger
audience by such apps or websites
lifts the finished pot while leaning forward from a seated position.
The ideal position for the lumbar spine is lying flat on your back;
that puts only 25 pounds of force on the disks. Here we
researched from of the soultions for him to reduce hisb ackpain
and production issues.
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reduce the stress on the back of Potters due to their sitting
postures by exercises:
● The human body is truly an amazing pottery-making machine! So many things work in perfect harmony, healthy and
pain-free most of the time. But things can go awry; systems and parts can be abused or overworked. they potters
know that ceramics is a labor-centered art, so we just work continuously, or as the clay demands. This endless labor
has its effects on our bodies and our ability to continue working
● During the production segment of your work, machines such as pug mills, slab rollers, and extruders can help to
ease the bodily strain on wrists, shoulders, and back. Arranging your studio into a better-organized space can help
reduce movement stresses. To further reduce your risk of injury, plan ahead and think through your actions if you will
be lifting, carrying, or moving substantial weight and causing extraneous exertion. These suggestions (and those
later in this article) may seem like general knowledge, but hopefully they will remind you to consciously realize your
limitations and take preemptive action.
● Wheel-throwing is a major example of the intense stress potters place on their bodies.
● One of the most important is to exercise and build strength so that when you begin that relentless schedule of
pottery production, you have the stamina to see yourself through with a minimum of pain or injury. If you have not
exercised for a while, you may want to consult with a doctor or work with a physical trainer to obtain a workout
● Flexibility exercises are also important for the potter to maintain full range of motion in the joints most used when
working. Stretching all the major joints in the body a minimum of twice a week is a good practice to follow. Hamstring,
hip, shoulder, and arm stretches are necessary to maintain range of motion and joint health. Exercises for the
prevention and rehabilitation of lower-back pain are described in most standard books on stretching and back
● it can help when you are experiencing back pain due to
a back injury, improper posture or have been diagnosed
with any back disorder. It can provide your back with the
support, compression and stabilization it needs to heal.
● It is made with soft and breathable material like
ployester ,rubber and nylon.
● The hand tools used to make this material is scissors,
scale , cutter
● The power tool is sewing machine.
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