SEA­SONS IN THE SUN

Get your home ready for sum­mers with in­ter­est­ing pot­tery pieces. Be it muted hues or bright and bold colours, func­tional de­signs or sculp­tural works, in the hands of these 10 ce­ram­i­cists clay awak­ens, stretches and turns into ar­rest­ing ob­jects of beauty.

India Today - - COVER STORY - By Ridhi Kale

SONG OF THE SOIL IN­DRANI SINGH, 41 CERAMIC SCULP­TOR AND OWNER, PHOENIX POTTERIES, AUROVILLE www.in­dranis­ingh­cas­sime.in

Even though she has a de­gree in vis­ual arts, she found in­sti­tu­tional learn­ing too re­stric­tive. That’s when In­drani Singh re­alised that she wanted a self-evolv­ing growth path. “I de­cided that if I wanted the pro­fes­sional results I was crav­ing for I needed to go back to my roots and em­brace the an­cient guru-shishya ap­proach,” says Singh. Since then she has worked with se­nior artists in In­dia and abroad such as Mini Singh, An­gad Vohra, Rachana Parashara, Ray Meeker and Ed Brown. In 1999, she started do­ing ba­sic throw­ing and func­tional ware, then went on to glaz­ing, sculpt­ing and kiln build­ing.

MAR­VEL­LOUS MUD Singh cre­ates ce­ram­ics from clay, stoneware from a mix­ture of ball clay, potash feldspar, fire clay, red clay and sil­ica, and sculp­tural art works from na­tive clay, a nat­u­rally sourced clay con­ducive for very high tem­per­a­ture fir­ing. “I also built my own anagama kiln (a Ja­panese style kiln) and two gas kilns (for re­duc­tion fir­ings and to de­velop lus­tre in wares) in my stu­dio,” adds the artist.

SPOILT FOR CHOICE You can buy a gamut of beau­ti­ful de­signs from Singh. These in­clude util­ity ware which con­sists of glasses, mugs, plat­ters, mir­rors, vases and can­dle hold­ers; along with sculp­tural pieces for in­doors and out­doors.

PRICE `300 to `6,000 (for util­ity ware), `50,000 on­wards (for sculp­tural art)

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