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Sculptures in ceramics

`Terrene - of the Earth', an exhibition of studio ceramics at L.V. Prasad Art Gallery showcases elegantly-sculpted creations in a wide range of forms, textures, colours and glazes.

IN TODAY'S art scene, the semblance of studio ceramics is yet to be discovered. The most sensuous and tactile of all forms, this medium which is a combination of immense skill and creativity, is actually an underdog that must be supported and cheered for its absolute aesthetics. An aesthetics which doesn't borrow from any ponderous interpretations of arts but one that rest upon the simple pleasures of seeing forms. `Terrene - of the Earth' the exhibition of studio ceramics by Vinod Daroz, on at the L.V. Prasad Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, demarcates a new beginning in Hyderabad. A trained sculptor from the M.S. University of Baroda, Daroz opted for a minor elective, Ceramics, at college. And made it a serious preoccupation when he proceeded to Pondicherry and became an apprentice at the Golden Bridge Pottery, Pondicherry during the summer of 1999.

Born in the family of goldsmiths in Hyderabad, this young ceramic artist realised very early in life that he is the son of the soil. "My passion with clay began as a young boy when I worked along with my `babu' (father) to make moulds for jewellery," remembers Daroz. Indeed, the intent of a child gradually matured in the delightful forms which we see in his exhibition today. His work contains an intrinsic quality that captures the essence of modern artistic ceramics. Learning his basics under the tutelage of his guru and mentor Jyotsna Bhatt in Baroda, he realised his individualistic aptitudes with the help of Ray Meeker and Debora Smith at the Golden Bridge Pottery, Pondicherry

Indeed, acquiring technical knowhow at Pondicherry was a right thrust but ideally every single creation of Daroz's is a discovery by itself.

"I attempt to invent a new glaze each time I create a new pot," says he. Of course, his repertoire is a wide range of forms, textures, colours and glazes of commendable sensuality and tactility.

SON OF THE SOIL: Vinod Daroz

Taking his inspiration from nature, the potter attempts to draw a balance between the aesthetics of sculpting, designing and functionality.

His sculpting ability converts a highly technical process into a completely fulfilling experience not merely for the artist himself but for his spectators as well.

For instance, he takes up technical challenges such as the various firing and glazing methods available. The wood firing method gives merely 60 per cent results and Vinod Daroz prefers it to gas.

For gas firing renders his art flat and does not result in accidents like wood firing which affords a new magnitude to his work.

Although the art of ceramics is categorised between sculpture and functional art, it tends to be viewed as craft by many as awareness of this art form is phenomenal. The exhibition is open till today evening.


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