India Today - - COVER STORY - By Mo­hini Mehro­tra


It was dur­ing her MA pro­gramme in tex­tiles at Chelsea Col­lege of Arts, Uni­ver­sity of the Arts London, UK, that Kritika Soni found her­self ex­plor­ing clay as a medium. “I was work­ing on a project on slow de­sign and sus­tain­abil­ity when I first laid my hands on clay. Af­ter com­plet­ing my masters, I re­turned to In­dia and worked in the tex­tile in­dus­try for a while but soon re­alised that my call­ing was in ce­ram­ics,” says Soni.

PER­FECT IMPERFECTI­ONS In 2016, Soni launched Kara Sabi as a small start-up with fo­cus on hand­crafted func­tional and dec­o­ra­tive pieces that were unique and orig­i­nal. “One is hap­pier by em­brac­ing imperfecti­ons. Hand­crafted prod­ucts are of­ten more sus­tain­able, lux­u­ri­ous and unique with ma­te­ri­als that are richer and more durable,” ex­plains the ce­ramist.

PROCESS OF ART In­spired by the Ja­panese phi­los­o­phy of Wabi Sabi that hon­ours all things old, worn, weath­ered, im­per­fect and im­per­ma­nent, Kara Sabi’s pieces are all about tex­ture and lay­er­ing. The process be­gins with Soni’s rough sketches of shapes and forms, which then un­dergo tweak­ing till she achieves the pro­to­type, and then the fi­nal piece takes form. “Of­ten I end up with some­thing that is com­pletely dif­fer­ent from the sketch. My place­ment and us­age of tex­tures is spon­ta­neous and not pre-planned, which is why no two pieces look the same,” says Soni. Her range of func­tional as well as art ce­ram­ics in­cludes table­ware (plat­ters, plates, bowls, mugs), vases and sculp­tures, in a sub­tle and pleas­ing colour palette.

PRICE `350 to and `4,000

Pho­to­graph by CHANDRADEE­P KU­MAR

UNIQUE DE­SIGNS Kritika Soni also works out of the Lalit Kala Akademi in Delhi

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