The Deceptively Simple Hand-Building Techniques of Pottery

When one talks about hand-building techniques of pottery — pinching, coiling and slab work immediately come to mind. These look and sound simple, but when it comes to execution, it tests your understanding of clay and its various stages. In my opinion, one person who makes hand-building look deceptively simple is Richard Peeler. Look at…

Pottery in the Arid Nochchiyagama (2/2)

Finally, the second part of the article. Sorry for not being able to write this sooner. I was traveling extensively and simultaneously completing a major section of my M.Phil thesis. This is going to be a slightly long article. So gear up. How is pottery practiced in Nochchiyagama? To answer the question, I will divide…

Pottery in the Arid Nochchiyagama (1/2)

In all urban pottery hobby centers, (potential) students are told about the therapeutic qualities of clay and wheel pottery. Pottery in the cities is relatively easy (and therapeutic) as raw materials to prepare clay bodies are easily available, modern machinery and casting methods reduce the amount of physical labor required, and hand-made products are a…

My first two sculptures.

Just when I was immersed in my current dosage of clay in ceramics, I was introduced to sculpture through a common friend/teacher. I saw the process of making a clay portrait and instantly wanted to try it. I knew it was the next natural extension of my involvement in the medium. I started traveling very…

Agency as a platform

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Bowl set; Wheel work 2017 Stoneware 5.5 x 2.5 inches

Urn: Lessons for Glazing

A simple urn with a band of line carving both on the main body and its lid. Actually I should not have fired this piece in the first instance because its body weight is more than ideal. But I liked its shape and overall look so much that I decided to fire it to eternity….

Line Pattern Stoneware Vases (1/2)

Earlier this year, I created a series of 5 vases with simple line patters. 3 of those have now been fired. This is how they look: Untitled (2017) Stoneware 43cm x 15cm x 15 cm   Untitled (2016) Stoneware 39.5cm x 14.5cm x 14.5cm   Untitled (2017) Stoneware 39.5cm x 16cm x 13 cm

Exploring Sculpture (thanks to dengue)

In the month of July, Sri Lanka is known to have dengue break outs. The factory where I practice ceramics, was no different. 3 people working there had to be hospitalized. When in factory, I used to cover myself in Odomos as much as possible and top up this mosquito repellent cream every 2 hours….

My Favorite Chakras

I really like this circular pattern. I call it ‘Chakras’. Concentric circles, with line pattern highlighting the path in every alternate section. Initially, I tried making this pattern on a closed vase. But it could not take the weight of its elaborate mouth and developed cracks.  So no vase. After a few months, I was…

Thinking aloud. Much Needed.

Its been 9 months of almost continuous pottery. Almost..because I have taken breaks to travel back to India to visit family, attend weddings, etc. As a  research analyst I had always loved holidays, finding one lame excuse or the other to take an off. But now that I am a potter, I do not like…