‘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/

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Snowfall – artistic & scientific

Glazed Stoneware Ceramic Bowl Set. Talc Deposits pooling together = Glaze not melted completely for some Or Snowfall near Christmas for some.

 

Sometimes we get so technical/scientific, that even our eyes betray us. Only ‘new eyes’ can see beauty/design.

Sometimes we get so caught-up in the aesthetics, that we get blocked and stay stuck without experimenting and breaking boundaries.

Have we as humans developed to a point/time of balancing these aspects of the scientific & the artistic?

Big Bang Theory is passé. My all time favorite cartoon movie is not Tangled. It’s Shrek – part 1.

Cheers ! For this merry season. Snowfall !!

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.

 

Studio closed for the season!

I’m back in New Delhi.
Safe and sound!

The fire of who we are
As people of this universe
Young and Alive
Strong and Free

Yesterday was the day
I was made to accept “Reation”
From Action and Response
To Reaction?
Is that the New Way of this Earth?

I’m Talking Clay
Accepting and not accepting

Developing Substantially! Choosing Substantial-ability!

Forces of Ecstasy
Forces of Nature
Forces of Human Capability
Forces of Creation and Destruction
All come together

Forcing into Action
Though I have already learned
The Balance
Staying at “Zero”
Acceptance, Love, Tolerances,
Bliss, Fullness, Beauty,
Awareness, Wisdom, Vitality
Yet, I’am pulled and pushed
Into responding and on occasion Continue reading

Rajpur Road, Dehradun

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The rivers are drying
The Earth quakes every now and then
We build dams on the rivers.

I see dry mountains
With new trees
Protected areas.

Been in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India for the last few weeks. Foothills of the Himalayas.
Visiting cousins and looking for a new space for the pottery studio.
Felt the end of a phase and the beginning of another.

Been staying in this beautiful old house surrounded by trees on the edge of the city.
Rajpur Road, Shehanshahi.

As a ceramic artist and teacher.
I make my little effort towards the environment.
Using and saving electricity, water, re-cycling clay, using food-grade chemicals.

Sharing some photographs and links to some special organizations/events I came across –

Waste Warriors – Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
http://wastewarriors.org

The Rockyby Manor
http://www.rokebymanor.com/

The Big Gig – Music and Mountains Matter https://biggigmussoorie.wordpress.com/
Enjoyed the music!
Rangleela – https://www.facebook.com/Raagleela
The Circus – https://www.facebook.com/circusthe

Café Marigold
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Marigold/291470104228755

Alaya Design
http://www.studioalaya.com/

Kurma – Beautiful fabric prints from India
http://www.kurma.co.in/

Sakya Monastery
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakya_Monastery