When clay takes the offbeat route

Apr 07, 2015, 07:55 IST | Krutika Behrawala

From serving kheer in shallow, wide bowls to using clay plates for a Gujarati thali, add an artistic touch to your meals with a twist to tableware

Whether you’re hosting an Italian dinner or serving a Gujarati thali at home, add a touch of art to the meal by serving it in handcrafted clay tableware. From mugs with oversized handles and shallow bowls to plates, casseroles and platters, shop from a bevy of limited edition and functional ceramic tableware products at Artisans’ exhibition-cum-sale, titled Serve.Eat.Drink. This event features items designed by Curators of Clay.

The brainchild of media professionals, Bhairavi Naik and Rohit Kulkarni, Curators of Clay is a studio set up in the village of Bhugaon, on the outskirts of Pune. Specialising in bespoke, handcrafted functional tableware, the items are solely created by the duo. “The idea is to make art for everyday use. The studio is run by both of us where we create the tableware, from start to finish. We make our own clay. We don’t use run-of-the-mill moulds and instead, shape the tableware ourselves. We have kilns in our studio and even make our own glazes,” reveals Kulkarni.

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Ranging from Rs 350 to Rs 3,500, the items on display have been made with a palette of blues and greens. “We realised that many patrons would be buying items to match their already existing tableware; blue and green complement other colours as well as home décor,” he reasons. Inspired by traditional shapes of metallic tableware, the potters have created these designs in clay. “For instance, Gujarati thalis are mostly eaten in metal plates but we’ve created them in clay. Plating makes a difference. Kheer is usually served in katoris (small bowls) but we’ve created shallow, wide bowls and if you serve it in that, it will add a unique touch to your meal,” adds Kulkarni.

From: April 9 (preview from 6 pm to 9 pm) to April 11
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
At: Artisans’, 52-56 Dr VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda.
Call: 22673040

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