PotterPortraits is a series of profiles of the industrious studio potters of Pondicherry and Auroville who make up the collective, TerraPondy. They are hosting their first exhibition this January on 26, 27 and 28.
STUDIO: Have Fun Pottery
How did your journey with clay begin?
My journey with clay began more than 20 years ago when my mother became passionate about clay. Since then, I am always with clay. I sacrificed nearly 10 years to news-making in order to be absolutely sure there is no job better than being a potter.
What is your inspiration?
Every piece of art I see, every tree, flower, sunset or even abandoned potato peel is a potential inspiration source.
How would you describe your style/technique?
It’s difficult to describe briefly what I am up to at the moment. I move from miniatures in clay towards larger forms.
Actually, I feel a need to forget- to unlearn most of the things that fascinated me for the last 20 years. In short, my pieces are hand-built, useless or let’s say decorative. The rest is up to you to figure out!
What will you be showcasing @ Terra Pondy ?
Some of the practical and impractical things made in my workshop, every piece with a little story.
What are the challenges of being a studio potter?
It’s the best job ever. The advantage of being a ceramic artist is also being a part of a beautiful potters community.
Disclosure: PondyLive is the online media partner of TerraPondy 2018