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…

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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…

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,…

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.

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,…

Scribble #1: hum.AN.imal

A post after sooo long! I was on a vacation since November 2015. Travelling to various places in India on weekends until Christmas, after which I visited Australia (including Tasmania). While I am still in Australia, am now back to both office work and my art/craft. This series of random art started as a game…

Paper lantern from fellow prettifier

Paper Lantern 16 October 2015. Tajinder Kaur This is the first guest post on homeprettifiers and the guest being my mom makes it all the more special. After all, she is the source of my creative genes. She visited me 2 days back. Seeing all the craft material lying around and keeping the spirit of…

Crafty Diwali

Home-made Candle Use any broken glass or cup at your home to create this beautiful DIY candle. Material Required: Left-over candles, crayons to color, candle wick, a glass container and any material to decorate the container. Steps: 1. Melt candle wax along with half a crayon of any color you want. To melt wax use…