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Se­jal Mody’s Ce­ramic Art Ioanna Sou­flia Carves a Niche for Her­self

Adorn - - CONTENTS - – By ALIYA LADHABHOY

A JJ School of Arts grad­u­ate and a painter by profession, Se­jal Mody felt she needed to ex­pand her cre­ative bound­aries with ce­ram­ics. She went to An­dretta Pot­tery at Kan­gra in Hi­machal Pradesh to learn the art. She also mas­tered the art of glaz­ing un­der San­deep Manchekar in Mumbai. Soon, she started play­ing with clay and cre­ated mu­rals, cheese plat­ters, ab­stract art­works as well as boxes and trays.

Later, Se­jal branched out into ce­ramic jew­ellery. She com­bined ce­ramic with wood, beads and jute to cre­ate fun, one-of-a-kind pieces that are apt for daily wear and des­ti­na­tion wed­dings. Her earthy jute and ce­ramic jew­ellery is a hot seller and her ce­ramic and wooden rings with a dust­ing of liq­uid gold are def­i­nite state­ment mak­ers.

“Wood blends well with ce­ramic and gives shape and char­ac­ter to the jew­ellery,” says Se­jal. Her pieces are three-di­men­sional and off the beaten track. For the more elab­o­rate pieces, Se­jal amal­ga­mates silver and kun­dan work with ce­ramic. This year, she plans to build on her silver and gold se­ries.

Along­side her larger art­works, she spends time work­ing on smaller jew­ellery com­po­nents and then builds the jew­ellery by com­bin­ing it with jute, thread and beads.

While Se­jal re­tails at multi-de­signer stores like Creo and Fuel, she feels exhibitions give her an ad­di­tional push to cre­ate some­thing new.

Deeply into prayer and med­i­ta­tion, her spir­i­tu­al­ity is ev­i­dent in her art­works. “I first get ex­cited by colours and tex­tures. I con­stantly ex­per­i­ment and play with clay till I achieve the de­sired shape and tex­ture. I then con­tem­plate on the colours to be used for glaz­ing. In­spi­ra­tion for me is a slow process and I take my time with each piece,” says Se­jal. The re­sul­tant jew­ellery is noth­ing short of be­ing an art­work it­self.

Se­jal's jew­ellery art­fully com­bines ce­ramic with wood, beads and jute to cre­ate one-of-a-kind pieces. She uses dust­ing of liq­uid gold in her ce­ramic and wooden rings.

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