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! ūüėÄ

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.


Ceramic Fest 2017 – India

Block Printed Ceramic Items. Indian Motifs on Clay. Price Rs 800 for a pair and Rs 600 for the tray. As a child, I remember my father telling me to pick up a notepad and drawing designs of Indian motifs, … Continue reading


Put your name on it – Mug

20170813_080033.jpgRs. 500 per handcrafted mug.
Drink in a Mug with your name/company name/favourite quotation on it. Great for gifting to a friend/client on b’days or for diwali !

Created at the Talking Clay Pottery Studio.



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 РAccommodation, 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

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

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