Art Residency in Dharamshala, India

Art-ResidencyTalking Clay Studio, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India announces it’s summer 2017 art residency.

Potters/Ceramic artists are invited for an art residency this summer to Dharamshala. If you enjoy the mountains, rivers, pine forests and working with clay, then this is for you.

14 days – 24th April to 7th May 2017

Stoneware clay, 1280 degrees firing, Electric kiln
Work on the wheel or just hand-build your art!

Rs 12,000
Cost inclusions – Accommodation, Studio Fee, Clay, Glazes, Firing
2 artists share 1 quaint village cottage with basic kitchen (shown in the picture). The studio is a 30 minutes leisurely walk from the stay place.

Cost exclusions – Food, Travel

Apply – 4 Artists, Selection on first-come-first basis
Apply early at divyam.surabhi@gmail.com

 

Ceramic Fest 2016

Ceramic Fest 2016 in New Delhi. We displayed paired tumblers and platters.

Glazed alike, these paired tumblers & tea cups maintain their uniqueness/individuality because of their different forms/shape.

This is one of my favorite topics to touch upon.
The universal which makes us all one and the same.
And the individuality which makes each of us special and different.
See the entire collection on our website www.divyamsurabhi.com

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.

 

Renting Kiln in Delhi

Here we are in foggy Delhi. It’s really worse than one can imagine. Gone are the days of picnics in the parks of Delhi to celebrate the awesome winters. The only warmth now is from the Kiln firings.

Happy to have a one room studio space in Delhi also now. So now there is a Talking Clay in Delhi. An extension to our beautiful studio space in Dharmashala.

And we celebrate and share with Anubha (A fellow Delhi potter) our Kiln this weekend!

Monsoon Ceramics from the Himalayas

These are our latest creations.
Fresh out of our kiln in Dharamshala for this monsoon season!

We’ve enjoyed making sets this time. Sets of Cups/Mugs and Bowls.
You’ll see the standard sets of 6. And also sets of 2, where we have created different forms but glazed them similar.

Especially enjoyed creating details on some of the sets.
Some of them took the entire day to glaze a set of 6.

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…

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 !!

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