When people come to learn pottery from me I always talk about the great history of this city I come from. Delhi NCR is where, the father of pottery Gurucharan Singh taught this profession to the educated rich women. Teaching the profession which is associated with the lowest caste, of this caste rich country India.
I don’t encourage people who learn from me to take this up as a profession. This is not a money making business. Just striving for conscious sustanibility. Hope to make it profitable enough to pay taxes to the government. I’m working on that! 😀
At the same time it might be possible…
The prajapati community should find a leader, choose a political party and fight elections. The prajapati name is the caste/last name for most of the village potters. Mind you, we do have the prajapati kumhars living in Delhi in a community near Uttam Nagar East/West. Once voted into power they could perhaps uplift their own caste/community.
Once they are able to pay taxes, that might be the day I can recommend pottery as a profession to people learning from me.
Block Printed Ceramic Items. Indian Motifs on Clay. Price Rs 800 for a pair and Rs 600 for the tray. As a child, I remember my father telling me to pick up a notepad and drawing designs of Indian motifs, … Continue reading →
New students at the Talking Clay Studio last month. A lovely family of 6 visited the studio. A mix of Nepali and Swiss folk. Of varied age group. It was a first for the studio to welcome young people. 2 of the family are young and learnt the 3 basic handbuilding techniques – Moti (11) and Mary (15). It was absolutely delightful to show wheel work to Sabine and Khatri (Catharine). The 2 swiss sisters. They loved clay work and enjoyed finding a new activity to do together. They hope to learn further in Nepal/Switzerland. Here are some pics of the time we shared and their creations. You can see some of the work they are involved in in Nepal on their website www.himaal.org
Exhibited my art work at the prestigious Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi; as part of a group show called Expressions in Clay (March 2017). And also at AIFACS as part of a group show – 20th All India Studio Potters Exhibition 2017.
Talking about the Talking Clay logo.
Talking Clay – ‘bolati mitti‘
Clay/ceramic products that talk to you.
Talking on ocassion with words,
If only you can hear.
On occasion attracting you,
Through their beauty, talking to you.
And also talking,
Speaking through their silence.
The 2 arcs and dot are representing the hands as they are positioned in meditation near the bellybutton. The practice of coming to the center.
And also of 2 hands (the arcs) and the dot (clay before it is thrown on the wheel. Endless possibilities. Potentality) – wheel work or centering on the wheel.
Talking clay participated in the Dastkar Design Fair 2017. 10 days of selling my products and interacting with buyers and other sellers of designer handcrafted products in India.
Some interesting conversations getting to know people and the concepts behind their brand.
One such interesting interaction was with Vinayak and Rameshwari (both are Nift graduates) at Cotton Rack www.cottonrack.com. A Jaipur based line of khadi clothing – simple, clean, minimalist, socially responsible clothing using a controversial word such as ‘sex’ to promote their brand. Well, cotton can be sexy!
Sedhantik promoting slow fashion with beautifully handcrafted scarves. The man behind the label Sidhant is a graduate of Pearl. He is a fashion designer and an ecoprenuer.
Handcarved wooden home accessories by the team at OrganicConnect based out of Shapur jat, New Delhi. Tanveen Ratti one of the founders has a passion for travelling and developing designer products.
From Almora, Uttarakhand came Vasunthi (my neighbouring shop at the fair) with hand-knitted woolens – Peoli. www.peoli.in
Hand-painted restored furniture by Molly Dhiman. Very thankful for this new friend. Who, just like me, does all this beautiful work by her own hand.See her hand painted restored desks at www.design5.biz
Some other interesting people and designer products I came across –
– Jeweler by Prerna Singh
– Health and wellness products by SpaVeda
– Another beautiful line of clothing by Har.Yarn.V