Born to a potter herself, Jamila ben grew up helping her mother in preparing the clay dough for her father to make pots. She has been practicing terracotta craft in Gundiyali for 6 years. She was well versed with the clay making process before her marriage with Salim bhai. With household chores and managing to raise her three children, Jamila ben paints pots and wall plates in collaboration with her husband. She learnt painting from her mother-in-law, the late Jillu bai.