Jinan brings a range of terracotta products to town
JINAN BELIEVES in `do nothing' training. The engineer with a diploma from the National Institute of Design, Ahemdabad, worked with the potters of Aruvacode, a village in North Kerala. "By some weird quirk of fate, the potters are Telugu-speaking. I wanted to revive traditional crafts. I do not believe in creativity being the exclusive preserve of an artist. I believe everyone has an artistic bent of mind. I want to initiate the artisan's creativity."
"I believe that creativity, healing, are all natural instincts of life. With do nothing training, I invoke the inner artist in every person." And this policy has seen the village thrive and create over 600 works in terracotta. "I wanted to see where traditional works of art could fit into the modern lifestyles." And thus were born the microwave friendly utensils.
"It is a proven fact that cooking in earthenware is health friendly and curds set better in them as well." You could cook and serve in these vessels as well spike up your table with the smartest pickle pots. Incidentally, the mosquito coil pot is the last word in creative utility. Then there are also amazing garden stuff like the cutest mushrooms that would convert your little green space into a fairy ring. Apart from the lamps and many terracotta animals, there are stately urns all guaranteed to give your living space the healing touch of mother earth. For your exteriors, you could be the last word in ethnic with a terracotta nameplate (is that cool or what?) or go in for one of those imperious murals. "We do commissioned murals like the one at Almond House and a mural also means work for the entire village for about six months." If you would like your porch to be the talk of the town you could contact Jinan at 04931-221568, 221544 or email kumbhammurals@rediffmail. com.
If your office looks antiseptic, you could add some warmth with office accessories. And those with mask fetish could check out a whole range of them and the good news is the wonderful terracotta stuff is available at a store near you!
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What: Kumbham terracotta exhibition
Where: Contemporary Arts & Crafts, Punjagutta
Till: January 22 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Cost: Rs. 20 to Rs 2,000
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