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Classic forms in clay

The `Poettery' range created by Delhi-based duo Bhavna and Anubir can be described as a "parallel form of pottery". On sale at an exhibition at the Vimonisha Art Gallery.

GIVING A touch of art and poetry to clay forms is the `Poettery' range created by the Delhi-based duo Bhavna and Anubir in what is an exciting "parallel form of pottery". Embracing within its ambit minimalist sculpted contemporary furniture as well as sculpted art urns, pots, garden lamps and mirrors, the `Poettery' line is no stranger to Chennai. And now its excitement catches up with the city once again at an exhibition-cum-sale of "Poettery" which is currently on at Vimonisha Art Gallery, Khader Nawaz Khan Road.

The lines, themes and forms of `Poettery' have evolved aesthetically over the years without losing their `signature' stitched leather theme, the split vase opening, the mysterious half-veiled woman sculpted on pots mirrors and lamps or the use of lush flowers and leaf motifs. This year, the colours run the gamut from fresh lime green- unusual in ceramics- to deep blue, beiges, deep green and peach.

These are repeated on `Poettery's' signature pot groups of three, on lamp stands featuring tropical flowers, bamboo fronds and foliage and on a range of artwork mirrors. The pots and urns are graceful with elegantly sculpted motifs and have that `light deft touch' into which the 'Poettery' line has evolved.

The touch seems evident in the line of 'Poettery' furniture, which is basically wooden with spectacular clay cladding. Bold use of tropical flowers and bamboo fronds in the sculpted clay makes every furniture item a conversation piece, from elegant glass topped consoles to wrought iron and clay clad chairs, a sensationally sculpted dining table set, steel reinforced ceramic seats and an exquisite glass-topped coffee table whose base features exotic tropical blooms, a scattering of autumn leaves and a touch of swaying palm fronds.

Peach, autumn yellow and lime green clothe the entire Poettery line in a fresh perspective, making it a connoisseur experience.

Art vases, urns, wall hangings and mirrors bring value to the collection.

The mirrors to go with the consoles are light and elegant, repeating the flower and frond theme or embellished with sculpted half-veiled women. Incidentally, the ceramic pieces are unbreakable since the special clay compound has a chemical addition that makes the clay break-proof.

The 'Poettery' exhibition-cum-sale concludes on March 30.


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