Showcasing pottery in all its finery

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A pottery exhibit by Monica Agnihotri at the 16th All-India Studio Pottery Exhibiton-2009 in New Delhi.
A pottery exhibit by Monica Agnihotri at the 16th All-India Studio Pottery Exhibiton-2009 in New Delhi.

Madhur Tankha

Exhibition with a wide range of works by young and experienced artists concludes today

NEW DELHI: A wide range of works by young and experienced artists have been showcased at a weeklong pottery exhibition at the All-India Fine Arts and Crafts Society gallery on Rafi Marg here.

The 16th All-India Studio Pottery Exhibiton-2009 has been organised to promote all mediums of creative arts and crafts. The exhibition re-affirms the fact that pottery has its own history dating back to earlier civilisations and the medium has come to occupy a special place in the creative minds of various professionals.

Creative pursuit

Studio potters may not belong to traditional potters’ families but their creative pursuit is no less than any medium of visual arts. “Studio potters have a deep understanding of the earth, clay, stones and chemicals and they produce the best results in their creative pursuit,” says AIFACS president Ram V. Sutar.

Uma Sawhney developed a passion for painting and batik at Santiniketan in West Bengal. Thereafter her involvement with ceramics started with a course at Triveni Kala Sangam in Delhi.

“My passion derives inspiration from my extreme interest in the forms and shapes that I am able to create with clay. The expression of emotion through pottery is almost therapeutic for me. My considerable interest in ceramics and studio pottery is the result of several courses and workshops in India and abroad,” adds Uma, who works with earthenware and stoneware.

Born with Down’s Syndrome, 29-year-old Devika Pandey exhibited her works for the first time at India International Centre here at the age of 20. Acutely observant, she surprises even those who know her with her capacity to sensitively discern and absorb new experiences and then transform them on to her works.

According to ceramic artist Divya Dandona, she honed her skills in pottery at the Sanskriti-Delhi Blue Ceramic Centre.

“I was always keen to get in-depth knowledge about art in different mediums and now I am pursuing it as a full-time vocation. I have been learning pottery under the guidance of Arun Mukhuty, who has imbibed in me the knowledge of ceramics, art forms, glazes and firing,” says Divya, who has just begun her journey with clay.

Kumud Mohinder, who is displaying ten murals, three sculptors and two platters at the ongoing exhibition, says she did her Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from Jammu University and claims she is only the third women sculptor from Jammu and Kashmir. However, after marriage I had to look after my family and couldn’t pursue my passion. Eighteen years later, I joined Garhi where I worked in bronze and ceramic at the studio and also read books on the subject,” says Kumud.

Delhi-based artist Monica Agnihotri has a fascination for bottles. Little wonder she loves coming out with bottle-shaped forms in ceramics. “After graduating in home science from Gujarat University, I came to Delhi. I started working on blue pottery only as a hobby but over a period of time I became so engrossed that I decided to become a full-fledged professional. To gain knowledge, I did two courses in art appreciation and Indian art and culture from the National Museum,” she says.

The exhibition, which opened this past Wednesday, ends today (Tuesday.)




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