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Potter mania

With an aim to create awareness about pottery as an art form, 12 young as well as established ceramic artists from all over Mumbai have come together to showcase their works over two days in Mahim.

Works on clay by Shalan Dere
Works on clay by Shalan Dere

Titled Potters By Dozen, the show will have works from experienced as well young potters from the city, presenting a variety of interesting products for home, garden and work space. They are unfitting, yet together present a peek into the diverse cultures, tastes and preferences of the participating artists, and on whole the cosmopolitan nature of Mumbai.

Works by Ajay Abhyankar
Works by Ajay Abhyankar

Mould magic
Take for example, the works of Shalan Dere, one of the participating artists and also the curator of the show. Her works are like a haven for social experimentation in clay; a number of human figures sit quietly in different environments. In some ways, these resemble a Hollywood melodrama, where a couple of humans, bored with their mundane life, aspire to find a bit of adventure in a book-reading session.

Artwork by Vanmala Jain
Artwork by Vanmala Jain

The works of Vanmala Jain, a well-known name in the Mumbai pottery circuit, have human figures embedded into saucer-type designs. “There is no central theme for the show,” says Dere, adding that since many participating artists in the show are youngsters, they encouraged them to take their own decisions. “Each artist was free to chose what they wanted to exhibit. Each one have their own style, and preference of material,” she adds.

Shalan Dere
Shalan Dere

These artists come from diverse backgrounds — some are into interior designing, others are advertising gurus, yoga teachers, a few are self-taught potters, while others are still learning. “The idea is to show pottery as a form of art, and how different artists work differently in the same medium,” adds Dere. The curator didn’t want to showcase these works in an art gallery-esque setup, as she believes it limits interaction. “Through the show, we want people to interact with the artists and know about pottery, not just watch and go home,” summarises Dere.

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