India on my plate @ Fabcafe

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AN EXHIBITION OF CERAMIC PLATTERS

July to Oct 2018

We invited 6 ceramists to create platters on the theme ‘India on my plate’.
These are being displayed at the beautiful restaurant Fabcafe in Vasant Kunj, Delhi, India. The theme was inspired by the healthy Indian food that the cafe wins awards for. A plate full of India – India on my plate. Here is what the ceramists created and have to say about them. 8 to 10 inch platters, priced between Rs3000 and Rs5000.

  1. Alpana Gambhir: The Indian art of alpana on a traditional Indian thali. That’s my India on a plate.
  1. Ambika Mehta: Warli Tribal Art. Warli art is a beautiful folk art of Maharashtra, traditionally created by the tribal women. Tribals are the Warli and Malkhar koli tribes found on the northern outskirts of Mumbai, in western India…Warli paintings are painted white on mud walls.
  1. Divyam Surabhi: The Ashoka Chakra from the flag of India is the inspiration behind this platter. Having 24 spokes representing – hope, love, courage, patience, peacefulness, kindness, goodness, supreme wisdom, justice, truthfulness… I hope each of us is blessed with these qualities.
  1. Seema Kalra: Shibori – This platter is a part of a series inspired by the craftsmanship of Indian artisans who are incorporating Japanese shibori techniques to create contemporary hand dyed fabrics.
  1. Shehla Hashmi: India has varied vegetation in amazing forms and textures which I like painting on my platters. I have used under glaze to paint the leaves. On top is a clear glaze fired to 1280 degrees.
  1. Shreya Alok Gupta: India is full of beautiful textiles with handmade designs that are block printed, woven, embroidered together. It is this intricately handmade feel that I have tried to capture on my plate with a traditional block print design which is being used to print on cottons since many centuries in India now. After all, what other material than clay can one use to keep this textile craft alive and remembered; because ceramics itself has a life of more than a thousand years. The design is called a ‘Paisley’ and to make it three dimensional on the plate, I have slip trailed it and glazed it with a traditional ash glaze.
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Handmade Mugs in Cafes

st to 15th July 2018, ‘Handmade mugs in cafes’ was the latest event from ourAs project http://www.handmadeceramics.in. This project aims at promoting handmade ceramics in restaurants. Usually restaurants use moulded ceramics which are replicas. Handmade ceramics are unique pieces, individually hand-crafted by ceramists. It’s very on trend today to have your tableware designed around the food you serve in a restaurant. Many chefs are taking to working with ceramists closely to get unique individual tableware created.

This time round we were promoting unique signed mugs in cafes. We had 3 popular cafes sign up for this event – Another Fine Day in Gurgaon, Om made cafe in Bangalore and Third wave coffee roasters again in Bangalore.

The ceramists who participated – Anubha Jaswal, Nikita Dawar, Seema Kalra and Shubha V Raghavan.

You could walk into any of the cafes and order your usual coffee but in handmade signed mugs at a promotional price of Rs300 and take the mug home with you.

Contact us if you wish to get custom handmade ceramics created! 😀

‘Open art’ is driving design innovation

Inspired by Indian artistic motifs. Block print on ceramic. New designs from Divyam Surabhi this SummerMonsoon !

In a parallel reality, open science to drive innovation.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/canada-is-placing-bets-on-open-science-to-drive-innovation/article35459425/

Sharing the Studio in Dharamshala

Very happy to have had Samira and Yannick over at Talking Clay Studio in Dharamshala for a week. Samira found us through Google, while looking for a place in the Himalayas where she could pot and her friend Yannick joined the 7 day beginners course.

It’s our first time welcoming people to the studio. We have always envisioned sharing this beautiful studio space and hope this is just the beginning of such happenings.

We had some amazing conversations through the 7 days. About movies/books/news and their impact on our minds. If creating movies is predicting or defining the future? About living in a community space. The hierarchy, politics and religion of such living. Being choice full versus going with the unconscious heard or whatever flow is available.

 

Yannick shared that he is on a journey to gain more knowledge and inner wisdom. Samira can’t wait to open her own studio in Dheradun.

 

Ceramic Designers and Producers


Appreciate
Designers for being Designers
Producers for being Producers
Mixing the two as one person
Takes away from the
Possibilities
Imagination/Innovation
Gets confined if too much
Technique is involved
The mind starts to
Restrict Possibility
So Please
Appreciate
Designers for being Designers
Producers for being Producers

Exceptions on Occasion
New Eyes, Child-likeness, Amazement, Immense Joy, Fullness…

Talking Brand Consciousness – ‘Do you Pot?’

Brand Identity/Awareness/Consciousness. Talking Economic-Social-Political-Response-Ability. Though I had studied branding during my Design Education; I never at that point imagined, that Brands get created this way. So. I represent myself as an artist – Through my artwork and then also through … Continue reading

What/Who is an Artist

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My Father
Asked me today

Why do you define your
Brand Identity
Brand Awareness
Brand Consciousness
As – Artist . Potter . Writer

Well, What to do
I responded
Hopefully today is the day
When just the word Artist

Will convey

 

Back in Delhi !

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‘Peace’ – Handmade Stoneware Ceramics, Electric Fired

It’s Great! It’s Incredible !
Just to be Back in Delhi from the Mountains.

Enjoyed tasting the first hand-crafted Indian beer – Bira 91 at a friend’s b’day last night. http://www.bira91.com
(Super happy to see the quality of products and design reaching a different level)

Touched by the stories told by the Dance performance ‘The Courtesan – An Enigma’ by Manjari Chaturvedi and the Narritive by Neesha Singh on the lives of well known courtesans (Gauhar Jaan ! :-))
http://www.sufikathak.com/

Also attended the Dhrupad concert by the Gandecha Brothers
(http://dhrupad.org/) at the WWF, New Delhi a few days ago.
Reminded me of the little interaction with Zia Fariduddin Dagar at the end of a small intimate gathering in IHC many years ago. Thanks to my friend Arjun for having invited me for both these events.