The Vase @Fabcafe

As part of our project RACU (Restaurants and Ceramics Universal) we have been exhibiting ceramics at the Fabcafe, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, India.

Handmade Ceramic Vases
JANUARY to MARCH 2019

We have curated some beautiful vases at the Fabcafe, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, India. These are expressions in ceramic by 8 ceramists from the city of Delhi NCR. Please contact Divyam at +918527402164 if you wish to purchase the vases.

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1. Alpana Gambhir: Celebrating love with raku.
2. Divyam Surabhi: Blue wedding vase. It’s quite an unusual method to create a pot and divide it into 2 halves. I tremendously enjoy putting the dots on this vase. The name ‘wedding’ because I am a bride to be (Dec 2019).
3. Priyanka Sharma: A vase is one of the most natural forms that emerges out of a potter’s hands on the wheel. It is also amongst the most ancient shapes that can be traced back to the oldest civilizations. Yet it is fascinating because it still offers limitless possibilities. I love to experiment with vases, not only with their shapes but also with countless ways in which I can express my freedom through glazes.
4. Rekha Bajpe Aggarwal: The inspiration is melting rocks, as if pulled out from the inner core of molten lava within. The form is very organic and the effect of melting ash gives it an eternal feel. It is fired to a high temperature. It is recommended to use this vase for dry flower arrangements only.
5. Seema Kalra: Every now and then I like to challenge myself…and this double walled vase with cutwork is the result of one such moment. As a functional art piece to be placed on your centre table by itself or for an ikebana arrangement.
6. Shehla Hashmi: Outer surface is engraved. Have used a white matt glaze as flowers of any colour will look alive in it.
7. Sneh Sharma: Bottle shaped vase with irregular fluting. Simple blue glaze flowing down the uneven surface.
8. Supriya Kanwar: This particular piece is wheel thrown and I have used stains and glazes. It’s a high temperature stoneware pot.
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Satyamev Jayate

Truth Wins!

“Satyameva Jayate” (Sanskrit: सत्यमेव जयते satyam-eva jayate; lit. “Truth alone triumphs.”) is a mantra from the ancient Indian scripture Mundaka Upanishad. Following the independence of India, it was adopted as the national motto of India in May 1949. It is inscribed in script at the base of the national emblem.

Showing next to the image of the balance, my original signature as a ceramic artist. It means balance. 

I was surprised to sign this as my name the day I made my first ceramic. Without thought, I just turned it around and made it at the base of the first pinched pot. 

Growing up I was inspired by ‘being truthful’. Born on the same day as the father of the nation India. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

I learnt through my journey to create more balance in life. Always balance between personal and professional life! 

When I was teaching the path of Beauty/Sundram, I wished to add to the techniques of balance. I wished to add rope walking which i had once experienced in the neyyardam ashram in kerala (This is one of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in South India http://sivananda.org.in/neyyardam/) Wished to learn myself and then teach the sport of balancing on the line/slacklining.  It culminated when I returned to Delhi. There are free sessions available in Deer Park every Sunday (https://m.facebook.com/groups/151612535035099?ref=bookmarks)

There is a note worthy movie about this art/sport- The Walk. http://m.imdb.com/title/tt3488710/

I had gone for 12 years of intense spiritual practice away from the city I was born and brought up in. “Isn’t it needed to go into something with intensity?” Someone asks. It is, is my answer, if you want it bad and need it in your life. How else would I have become enlightened and then returned to the city I was born in. To my roots, to work and marry and lead a happy married life!

Have already changed my sign to my studio logo – Talking Clay. Read more about it – https://talkingclay.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/talking-about-the-talking-clay-studio-logo/

Looking forward to my future! 

Pottery as a profession in India

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.

Sabine and Khatri at the Talking Clay Ceramic Studio

 

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