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AMBIKA SHANKAR, 28 FOUNDER, STUDIO ATAASH, BANGALORE facebook.com/Studioataash
While completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and graphics from CAVA College of Fine Arts in Mysore, Ambika Shankar found her calling in sculpture. She then trained in Thailand at Lampang Ceramic Centre and worked in Auroville with Angad Vohra of Mantra Pottery to hone her craft. Studio Ataash, a combination of the Persian words atish (playing with fire) and akash (sky) was born in 2013 for custom made orders. She now has pop-up stores around town.
NATURE STUDY Shankar’s work is inspired by the flowers, leaves and twigs that grow around her little garden.
HANDS ON “I make my own clay, use a manual potter’s wheel, fire finish piece in a gas kiln and glaze it myself,” says Shankar who retails saucers, plates, soup bowls, small figurines and planters.
PRICE `150 onwards Photograph by TAHA ZAIDI
PITTER POTTER Ambika Shankar uses a manual pottery wheel