Orissa has a long history of cultural heritage going back to the 4th century BC. Orissa has made its mark in every field of craft in the past and continues to do so even now. From appliqué to stone carving, from bell metal to silver filigree Orissa has been able to make a name for its artistic excellence in almost every field of craft. The potters of Orissa are kept busy supplying articles for daily use in temples and homes. The artisans of Orissa make statues, toys, utensils and many such items to meet the local demands during festivals.
Orissa has a claim on many of the world renowned masterpieces made out of terracotta. This work is mostly done by the tribal people. They use special clay and designs in an excellent manner to come out with products such as plates, roof tiles, tea cups, jars and many others. Artists prepare products and highlight them with color but they mostly leave the items with their natural terracotta color. Animal figurines of horses, elephants and bulls are also elegantly molded in very natural, strong forms. Potters of Orissa still make earthen pots to be used in many ritualistic ceremonies. They are made in various forms and designs. The products range from household ones to the artistic ones like pots, pitchers, diyas, cups, incense burners, jewellery sets, bangles, masks, toys, candle stands and many more.