Hand Written in Clay- Ceramic Art by Shah

An exhibition of ceramics by Bhopal based artist/ceramicist Shampa Shah showcasing her creative brilliance

Posted on 02/12/2016 By

Within the legacy of Indian studio pottery, Bhopal based artist-ceramicist Shampa Shah is among the few whose vocabulary is rooted in Indian indigenous traditions. 

Hand Written in Clay- Ceramic Art by Shah - Global Fashion Street

Hand Written in Clay- Ceramic Art by Shah

Shah, who has developed a distinctive style and vocabulary over thirty years of working with clay, will exhibit her pottery will an all new series titled, Hand Written in Clay presenting her Ceramic Art & Tableware.

In this series, the sculptural,’ non- utility’ forms will sit next to the functional, day- today ‘utility’ forms that reveal inter-connections only at a closer glance.

Hand Written in Clay- Ceramic Art by Shah - Global Fashion Street

Fish Back

The sculptures of this series draw from day-to-day objects such as – a pitcher, a leaf, a flight of stairs, a grindstone, a bottle, grazing sheep, a coil of rope etc. The surface drawings reflect the landscapes and inner-scapes that Shah has subconsciously encountered over time. “About two years back, as an exercise to stay focused in the present fleeting moment I started making drawings with ink on paper. What emerged were landscapes from unknown space and time.”

Shah constructs each one of her pieces separately, layering and combining the various techniques to obtain the desired result sometimes which amounts to her firing it up to three times.

Hand Written in Clay- Ceramic Art by Shah - Global Fashion Street

She uses a mix of wheel and flat work to create tactility in her forms.  “The spontaneity in my work comes from spending time with traditional potters Sehdev Rana, Neelmani Devi, Sara & Ibrahim Kasam, and Loknath Rana to name a few. My works are informed by their sensibility and handling of clay with minimal tools, and often use whatever surrounding natural elements they have to create textures.” reveals Shah.

Her complex visual language has an unexpected, almost raw quality that is inspired by indigenous tribal art, especially that of Madhya Pradesh. She has worked extensively with tribal artists as a curator at the Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS) in Bhopal and her works reflect her affinity towards earthy, muted colours and exposed surfaces.

Shah was responsible for establishing the department of ceramics at the Museum with the goal to ‘create a dialogue between contemporary ceramic practice and the traditional terracotta.’ 

 Shah, who holds a degree in botany and forest ecology, connects with the tribal reverence for nature.

The exhibition is on display from Thurs 8 – Sun 11, Dec 2016, 11am – 7pm at Artisan’s Gallery, Kalaghoda, Mumbai.

Explore more such stories on GlobalFashionStreet.com

All the content published on www.GlobalFashionStreet.com original and true to the best of my knowledge, including the photographs, which are either clicked by our team of photographers or sourced from the owner, in either case, the pictures carry photo-courtesy details. Some images due to lack of resources might have been taken from reviewers across the internet, however, due credit is given accordingly. Some of the Content post January 2023 is also AI generated through ChatGPT. Any ambiguity or mistake is purely unintentional and Global Fashion Street holds no responsibility for content from guest writers. The views expressed by our columnists and guest writers are purely their own and the editor holds no responsibility for views thus expressed. As a policy, Global Fashion Street believes in publishing only original and authentic,content and pictures. Kindly write to info@globalfashionstreet, if you have any complaint/issue regarding the content or images for this post.
The following two tabs change content below.

Team GFS

All that is exclusive and everything in vogue, Global Fashion Street brings to you stuff that you will like to see. News, Views, Reviews, Previews and Interviews; information that is not only interesting but also wholesome. Send us information on your upcoming events along with visuals at editor@gobalfashionstreet.com

Please Post Your Comments & Feedback

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *