It’s strange how we notice things only when we want to….my new found love for all things clay makes me sit up and notice anything that spells pottery these days. That’s how I bumped into an upcoming artist Sharada Gopalan, after reading a feature in a popular newspaper. Sharada decided to pursue her interest in fine arts, especially ceramics after completing her schooling. She zeroed in on the Golden Bridge Pottery, the IIT of pottery in Pondicherry where there was a two year waiting list! She used this time to hone her skills at `Gramodaya Sangh’ started by S.K.Mirmira, a ceramic technologist to support local potters.
“My two years at Golden Bridge Pottery were rigorous giving me an insight into various processes involved. Not only were exercises given for perfecting skills, but the course was designed to include active participation of students in the smallest part of the process…from breaking clay to firing and packing”.
Sharada set up a pottery studio at the campus of The Valley School, Bangalore from 1997 to 2006 making a range of ceramic ware. Right now, she is in the process of setting up an independent pottery studio on the outskirts of Bangalore adjoining the Navadarshanam campus where she plans to offer courses, workshops and opportunities for those interested in working at pottery as a hobby, or as an art, or merely out of interest, or for recreation.
I like the idea that Sharada works towards creating functional and decorative utilitarian ware, pots that can be used in everyday life. Once she sets up her studio, I plan to visit her place and bring home some of her works. Catch glimpses of the recent Ganesha making workshop on her site Farmpottery.
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