My clay journey began in 2012, when I began a venture showcasing handmade ceramics, primarily made by my sister who is a potter based in Pondicherry, India. Along the way, interacting with other makers and their work, learning more about the medium led me on my own journey of exploration. I started with an introductory course and kicked off my learning at a clay studio in Manassas, Virginia while visiting friends in the US.
After moving to the Bay area in 2015, I was able to devote more time and take advantage of some of the great learning opportunities in this region. I also traveled to Penland for a intensive summer workshop.
I work with both wheel-thrown forms and hand-building techniques, experimenting with color, texture and surface design. My early influences in art (mainly because of my very talented and crafty mum) – drawing, painting, sewing - have begun to show up in my work.
I am drawn to two contrasting clays. A rich dark and earthy clay, which when glazed has as a beautiful rustic look. On the other hand, I work with porcelain – a more delicate white clay – which lends itself to carving, texture, sgraffito (scratching patterns) and painting. These techniques, though time consuming can result in extremely rich pleasing surfaces.
My aim is to create art in everyday objects. When you drink your cup of coffee or tea in the morning, or sit down with a plate of salad – using a handmade cup or plate creates an intimate conversation with the maker. This is something I want to encourage more people to do as we hurtle towards a future filled with infinite automated possibilities. I hope we can maintain this connection with the handmade object through efforts of makers from all over the world.
My work is functional and sometimes decorative. I design one-of-a-kind pieces which I hope will find their way into your appreciative homes!
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