It might be a medium of art striving to get recognition in the White Cube space but ceramics takes centerstage every year at the annual fair organised by the Delhi Blue Pottery Trust. In its sixth edition, the CeramicsFest will feature works of 62 artists-potters from across the country. “This year, we don’t have the kumhars, a separate event was organised for them earlier in the year,” says artist Indu Rao.
Member of the Trust, the student of veteran artist Devi Prasad is showcasing functional ceramic works, including mugs, at the festival that will take place from December 2 to 4 at Sanskriti Kendra, Anandgram, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road.
The range of products on display includes pots, pendants, planters and plates. “Anything and everything, from functional to decorative items,” says Anuradha Ravindranath, trustee at the organisation. She adds that this is also an opportunity to get reasonably prized works that would cost much more in an art gallery. The upper limit set by the organisers is Rs 5,000 per piece.
While artists will experiment with forms, they will use varied mediums too, including stoneware and porcelain. “The porcelain used for utility items is food-grade. There is no traditional terracotta,” says Ravindranath. To make the event interactive, several workshops have also been scheduled, including teaching the decorative technique of slip-trailing, hand-building, cooking in a claypot workshop, and a workshop by ghatam player N Harinarayan.
The artists, meanwhile, are looking forward to interacting with the buyers and their own kin. “The idea is to make it a fun event,” says Delhi-based artist Soni Dave, who will be selling platters and bowls during the exhibit. A teacher at Anandgram, Suvajit Mondal adds, “It’s also a learning exercise. A platform to meet ceramic artists from across the country, including senior artists in the field.” In his studio, the works are ready — including twisting kettles priced at Rs 2,500, and portraits that are still to be priced.