Ceramic Flower Pots

I have always loved glazed stoneware pots, but never bought them. They were more costly than earthenware pots. It feels good that I can make some myself now. Easy peasy! On one pot I scraped some clay to make a pattern and on the other I played with its rim. The flowers that now grow…

22. Demon Horns

I made a simple pot. Started trimming it when it was leather hard, or so I thought. While trimming I found that the base was too soft to be worked upon, and I was not so good at it. Result – Uneven base. I decided to discard the pot. Now that it was no good,…

Gond Art Sgraffito Coasters

Ahaa! Here I am writing a blog after months now. Ceramics is keeping me fairly busy, so no regrets. First of all, the good news. I got an approval for pursuing M.Phil in Pottery. Hurraaayyyy!! This, plus I am practicing pottery full time now. Pottery, fulltime, why? Many people ask me this question. I practice…

The wind chime that was.

When on airports, we often indulge in impulse purchases for the lack of anything better to do. I once bought a cookies recipe book. The primary motivation was not the recipes, which are now easily available online, but the cookie cutters that were part of the package. I often buy such things that look like…

Ceramics Handwork: Finally got it right. Pheww!

There are times when we surpass our own expectations. This ceramics piece definitely felt like one of those. I still can’t believe I made this, and now I feel happy and nervous at the same time to have raised my own expectations. This is a handmade ceramics tray made out of a single clay slab. I…

What NOT to do in Ceramics

Failures are more common than successes while experimenting. Here is a damaged coaster set that taught me much about making and glazing ceramics. List of mistakes: 1. The lid did not fit after glazing. Should have accounted for the space glazing takes. 2. Should have scored and applied slip properly while making the coaster cover….

DIY Candle-stand Decor with Newspaper Flowers

I found this ‘headless stick with a stand’ at home and wanted to redo it. Out of the many things newspaper upcycling can do, it most certainly can prettify this broken piece. Here is a quick video capturing how this bland stick was turned into a beautiful candle-stand.

Polka on my mind

Colors are liberating! Bought a canvas long back but was scared to ruin it by trying something too ambitious, or even basic maybe. Exactly the opposite of what I should be thinking. I was never scared of using colors in my childhood. Never thought I would waste a sheet of paper by  getting it wrong….

New Country, New House, New Home-Prettifying Solutions

August 2016 – We shifted from India to Sri Lanka. We left our family, friends, people and house to experience a new culture, a new country. Colombo is beautiful. It is much more organized, clean and green than Delhi NCR. There are broad walkways for pedestrians, something me and my husband missed terribly in India. Surprisingly,…

Ceramics: Another Beautiful Chapter in My Art & Craft Journey

“I want to try everything, I want to try even though I may fail.” Yet another art form that I wanted to learn. ‘Try everything’ is the mantra. I have always loved ceramics. So should I try my hand at it? Hell. yes!!! Andddd, here I am with my first ever stoneware wheel-work! How about hand-work? Of…

The Mesmerizing Murals of Ramgarh

Homeprettifiers for me has so far been about interiors. But recently I visited a small town in Rajasthan, Ramgarh, that broadened my horizon and introduced me to the other side of pretty homes – its exteriors. Ramgarh is in the Shekhawati region, also known as the open art gallery of India. In the 19th century, this area  attracted…

The Dancing Shadows: From Empty Jam Jar to Candleholder

Those of us who love jams, definitely have these empty glass jars at home. We hardly dispose them off and often make them a part of our kitchen storage space. Well, here is a common, yet interesting way of reusing them – as Candle-holders. We all love these little “red flowers” that brighten our houses,…