Jul 24, 2017

Journey of a Slab Vase

Here is another project that I have recently completed in my studio. In this clay proect, a slab of clay is turned into a beautiful vase cum tealight decor.

Here is the definition of "Slab Vase" for those who are not conversant with the term. Slab vase is made by rolling a ball of clay into a flat bread (roti) like pizza base.

Once, the slab of clay is ready, it is carefully handcut into a rectangular shape. Then, the rectangular shape is rolled into a cylinder shape by joining the two ends. Once the ends are joined, a base is added to the cylinder shaped pot. Once, your pot is ready, you can press, bend, shape the pot the way you want or leave it as is like a cylinder.

This handbuilding pottery method allows you to quickly make a cylinder shaped pot without the use of potter's wheel. The other method is coil technique. Once you have shaped the pot, you can draw designs, carve our different shapes, or add clay pieces like flowers, hearts, leaves, etc to give 3D designs. This is one of my favorite handbuilding technique which gives fastest results and lot of scope for experiment. 

Keep trying..keep claying..Happy Claying :)

Clay Pyramid Lamp

My current project is a pyramid shaped lamp built using slab technique. The process starts with rolling clay into slabs like pizza base and then carfeully handcut them into triangles of equal sizes.
And then each clay slab is carefully joined to get the final shape.

Giving the finishing touches and eagerly wating to lit the lamp to see the illumination :)
Happy Claying!!

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Jul 11, 2017

Clay Workshop at Ramjas School Pusa Road

Claying Thoughts was recently invited by at an Art Camp organized by Ramjas School, New Delhi. Approx 170 students participated in the Handbuilding Pottery workshop from Grade VII and learnt the art of making 2D and 3D clay forms using terracotta clay.

A big THANKYOU to all the students and faculty members for such a warm reception, participation and support. We loved your art room ...its full of positivity, colours, ideas and the way you are inculcating interest in various artforms among your school children...its highly commendable. 
Happy Claying :)