Thursday, 18 December 2014

Candling Flowers

The kids at the school I teach at asked me what I was creating, I couldn't gather enough courage to tell them,these little forms in clay were created to address my thoughts, thoughts that included 132 children just like them, buds of flowers, which were supposed to blossom, but burnt to ashes.

I could only think of the following quote by Arundhati Roy, while they kept asking me what these little forms meant,and for the first time I could not give them an answer. I don't know if I had done right or wrong by not telling them, but I know for sure what happened to those 132 little souls in Peshawar is definately WRONG.

“Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people’s brains and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead. When independent-thinking people (and here I do not include the corporate media) begin to rally under flags, when writers, painters, musicians, film makers suspend their judgment and blindly yoke their art to the service of the “Nation,” it’s time for all of us to sit up and worry."



Monday, 17 November 2014

Kalaachakra

To explore and question everything, it had all begun when time itself had begun for me. In this journey of mine a new found nest has manifested itself to explore and question furthermore.

Kalaachakra is an art centre primarily consisting of a potter's studio, the potter being myself. I always envisaged running a multi-disciplinary art space and it has finally come into existence with Kalaachakra. The intent of Kalaachakra is to question and revel ourselves as individuals, cultures and communities through various art forms or otherwise.

The space is equipped with a humble amphitheater which can be used for visual and performing arts, the same can double up for various workshops and events. It comprises of an intimate gallery space to display paintings, sculptures and mixed media.

It has been transformative to sculpt this space everyday alongside my partner, Srinadh Vennam, who is an architect and operates a firm with his team. We would like to share our abode and spread the sublimity of Kalaachakra.

For more information and queries, write to me at kalaachakra@gmail.com.





Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Bridges - 2014

   When a young American potter visits India in 1970, and decides to stay back if a friend from California would come build her a kiln, is when a bunch of us get hooked onto ceramics like a slab of wet clay freshly wedged and slapped, onto the concrete walls of GBP. So much for visiting! I wonder if this thought ever crossed the young lady's and the friend's minds (considering our shenanigans)

Though my association with R and D has been very recent and minimal, I can see how graciously and generously they have shared the art of shaping and firing clay in all possible permutations and combinations from the past four decades and continue to do so. Been cited time and again, their influence on Indian ceramics and ceramic artists has set a benchmark on wood fired ceramics for a time to come. Period.

Nostalgia with Golden Bridge Pottery(GBP), is for me a very strong reflection of that space, time, people, and more so of Ray Meeker and Deborah Smith, on the days to come in future.

The ceramic show-Bridges, a small tribute to the influence of Ray, Deb and the Golden Bridge Pottery is being held in Delhi from 20 - 28 September 2014, at the Stainless gallery.
Catch it while you are in the capital city.










Mixed Media by Dharmesh Jadeja of Dustudio











Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Golden Eggs

The Golden Eggs is an adaptation of the widely referred to idiom and tale, ‘Killing the golden goose’.
This ironic representation of the non-existential golden eggs depicts materialistic greed and capitalism.

    GE1 to GE18 - 1.5" x 1.5" x 1" to 4" x 4" x 1.5" , Anagama Fired Stoneware





Monday, 7 October 2013

Domes

I look up and it exists. As if to suggest heaven, not the sky of our Earth. It's very loftiness implies an impending beatitude and peace. But, this colossal epitome of a dome could be perceived as; a far-fetched unattainable edifice of heaven, or, a film of recondite pleasure that is so humbly spread across as the sky.


    DM1 & DM2 - 4" x 4" x 6.5", 3.5" x 3.5" x 5.5" , Wood Fired Stoneware




Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Cylinder Jars

    CYJ1 & CYJ2 - 4.5" x 4.5" x 5.5", 4" x 4" x 6" , Wood Fired Stoneware

    Detail

    CYJ4 - 3.5" x 3.5" x 5" 

    CYJ3 - 3.5" x 3.5" x 4.5" , Wood Fired Stoneware




Monday, 19 August 2013

Moon Vases

    MV - 3" x 1.5" x 3" , Wood Fired Stoneware


               Detail