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! 😀

Good Governance

Good Governance on my mind
It’s not sacrifice and service.
It’s not – be servant and not master. Be aware of power trips
It’s not – Desh Bhakti

It is the best for the individual and the nation.
It is master of oneself.
Working from the best in oneself for the best.
It’s conscious governance.

Developed during her pottery training in Bangkok, the signature ‘swirl’ style by Divyam Surabhi.

Branding & Brand Consciousness: Racing to Save the Planet

Established Brands are mostly responsible.

Big well know brands are often questioned about the quality of products, where the raw materials are sourced from and if they are child-safe, chemical-free, fair trade. What they stand for as an organization, how happy their employees are, how they give back to society, where/how their profits are invested, what are their sister concerns/companies/organizations and how they take responsibility to save the planet etc.

As consumers we are ‘Brand Conscious’. We are aware about where we invest/spend our money. Who makes the profit and how it’s spent.

I asked my nephew Viraj one day, “Do you know what the ‘Messi’ on the t-shirt means?”. I asked him whether he knew the brand/person he was supporting. 

I wondered on my return to the city – felt quite proud of what was being created in Delhi NCR. The AAP political party. But wondered about the choice of the broom as the symbol of the party (perhaps the election commissioners office selects a symbol?!) They could have used something more hi-tech like an automated robot that cleans. 😀 And the current chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal, who is the leader of the AAP. On hearing him on the radio for the first time. I wished for him to get some good voice modulation lessons. A man representing this political brand AAP.

On an individual level we are brands unto ourselves. Making an effort to be qualitative humans individually and then collectively. 

Each of us is born enlightened. Some of us become aware of our own enlightenment through spiritual/religious practice. There are spiritual/religious brands in this world like the Dalai Lama,  the Pope.

Being conscious of the collective and how brands are changing the world, setting trends with release/updates of new products.

There are some famous brand wars such as Pepsi and Coca-Cola, Apple and Samsung.

Sometimes companies copyright colours like the coke red. And sometimes they are able to gain popularity by the subconscious minds of humans. Ask anyone A for___. The answer is always Apple.(It’s time to teach children A for A, B for B, C for C etc.)

Hope brands such as the Micheline stars, Oscars and Olympics are on the cards for India.

We are winning the race to save the planet through brand consciousness.
Here is a link to what I wrote in the past about the same topic -https://talkingclay.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/talking-brand-consciousness-do-you-pot/

‘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/

Talking Clay Ceramic Studio at Dastkar

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
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