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
Objectry
Nomad
Crafel

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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 !!