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India Today - - COVER STORY - By Prachi Sibal

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

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