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…

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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

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,…

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…

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….