Pottery in the Indian subcontinent has an ancient history and is one of the most tangible and iconic elements of regional art. Evidence of pottery has been found in the early settlements of Mehrgarh from the Indus Valley Civilization. Today, it is a cultural art that is still practiced extensively in India and Pakistan.  India has a great and ancient tradition of pottery making. The origin of pottery in India can be traced back to the Neolithic age,  with coarse handmade pottery - bowls, jars, vessels - in various colors such as red, orange, brown, black and cream. The real beginning of Indian pottery is with the Indus Valley Civilization. There is proof of pottery being constructed in two ways, handmade and wheel-made. Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro cultures heralded the age of wheel-made pottery, characterized by well-burnt black painted red wares.