Dec 26, 2016

Hobby Classes to Learn Pottery

Catch a glimpse of Pottery Classes and Workshops happening at our clay studio for teenagers and adults. Here students learn the art of making pottery using Hand building techniques. We do not use moulds and machines. Our ideas is to make you independent enough to pursue this art anytime anywhere without depending on advance tools and machines. 





During the course, students learn the process of preparing terracotta clay, understand the nature of clay, how it behaves, how to smoothen, pamper, and shape clay in a right way. We teach various handbuilding pottery making and surface decoration techniques to students and guide them in creating independent clay projects using their own visual thoughts.


Lot of people inquire if we use ceramic powder or Lamasa clay. The answer is  NO. We teach real pottery...the one our potters make. The only exception is we do not teach wheel work...we teach handbuilding pottery, which helps you making tiles, wall hanging, Masks, tealight lamps, vases, pen holders, flowers and lots more!! Visit our STUDENTS' WORK section for a glimpse of clay work we teach.
Our course is designed in such a way that both creative and non creative people can learn this art and easily pursue it as a hobby. The regular handbuilding pottery classes are open for teenagers and women of all age group. For students, who are not sure if this is the right course for them or not, can take up our one day workshop and can later club it with our regular classes if they decide to take up the full course. Our studio is located in Sector 21 Noida and the nearest metro station is just 2.5 km away (Sector 16 Noida). 

For complete course details, we would request you to call us or take a prior appointment to visit our studio. We would love to explain you about different courses and help you understand this art in more detail.
Happy Claying :)


















Oct 24, 2016

Handmade Terracotta Diwali Diyas and Tealight Candle Holders


Its incredible to see when a lump of clay is turned into an art piece by potters :) A pot goes into several stages before it is finally ready for use. From designing to creation, firing, painting....there goes so much of effort into the creation of a terracotta lamp. Sharing few design ideas for making terracotta lamps for diwali..they are simple yet look beautiful. All these tealight lamps are made with hands without the use of mould, potter's wheel. These are made

Oct 22, 2016

Bisque Firing Session for Students



Diwali is always a special time when students wants to create and gift handmade pottery pieces to their loved ones. So for this Diwali, we organized two bisque firing session amidst unpredictable weather condition. Like always, the almighty Sun God blessed us with a sunny weather and we had an amazing day. Both the firing sessions were special and gave us the fantastic result. Here is the glimpse of the beautiful day and night...Happy Claying :)







Diwali Workshop for School Children

A skill based pottery workshop was organized for a group of students from Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas School located at Sector 21 Noida. The objective of the workshop was to introduce handbuilding pottery to students and train them to independently create decoration potter pieces for their upcoming Diwali exhibition in School. Children were introduced to the complete pottery process - starting from preparing clay, rolling, shaping, finishing, designing, and finally bisque firing (baking) the pottery pieces.

Team Work at School
Team of budding Potters

Every year these kids create different craft item and sell them in their Diwali exhibition. This year they chose to create terracotta pottery. Children independently created and painted various decoration items, such as lotus shaped incense stick holder, various decorative hangings, windchimes, turtle shaped candle holders and much more. Children created more than 100 items in total using terracotta clay. All these pieces were bisque fired in the upla bhatti and the results were awesome. Wish i could manage to click pic of the final exhibition day. Take a look at some of the creations of students.
Happy Claying :)

Pottery samples created by students for Diwali exhibition

Students Setting Up Bisque Firing for baking terracott pottery pieces


Oct 1, 2016

Handmade with Love


Few weeks back, a young girl called me to book a pottery workshop. She sent me a picture of lamp that she wanted to create for her fiancĂ©e. It was a beautiful cube shaped lamp made of MDF wood with hearts carved on three walls. The special thing about this lamp was that on fourth wall a name was beautifully carved  (Laser Cut).

She wanted to create similar lamp with Clay with just initials and few hearts. The idea was when lamp will be lit, the name of the person should be reflected on the wall. So we opted for mirror writing wherein alphabets are written from right to left and are reversed too.

She finally made a beautiful lamp with her sheer dedication and hardwork (inspite of being little unwell). I was happy that she could make what she aspired for and that too in such short period of time. She inspired me soo much that now even I want to surprise my hubby with a similar love lamp ;)
Happily Lovingly Claying :)


Sample Lamp Made with MDF Wood and carved using Laser machine






Sep 11, 2016

Clay Workshop at Chitkara International School Chandigarh

Claying Thoughts organized a 3-Day Clay Modelling workshop at Chitkara International School (CIS), Chandigarh. We organized handbuilding pottery session for Grade 5 students, parent-child workshop for toddlers, clay fun for nursery kids, and a demo workshop for teachers and fine art students. More than 300 students participated in the event and explored the magic of clay.



Sep 10, 2016

Toddlers Workshop at MMI Noida


Parent Child Workshop organized at Modern Montessori International Noida (MMI) on the occasion of Ganesha Chaturthi festival. Little kiddos rolled, squeezed, mashed, and poked the clay while parents learnt the art of making cute little Ganpati idol for their little ones :) It was one of the best moments of my life as it reminded me of my childhood days when we used to play with mud especially during rainy season...chupp chupp chupp :)

Sep 4, 2016

Eco Ganesha Idols Made on Order

Here is the glimpse of Eco-friendly Clay Ganesha Idols we made on order for Ganesha lovers who wanted to do visarjan in an ecofriendly way.  Each of these idols are made with hands without the use of moulds using eco friendly clay/mud. They can be easily dissolved in water upon immersion.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi


Aug 21, 2016

Buddha Wall Mask

After much addition and deletion on facial features, finally I have completed this buddha face mask project. I'm delighted that its better than my previous work but Im sure i will achieve the perfection soon as practice makes us perfect.Here are few pics of my recent work. Hope you like it!!
Happy Claying :)

Jul 30, 2016

Clay Ganesha Idol Workshop August 2016

Remember...last year you asked Bappa to come back soon. Yes, he is coming back on 5th September 2016. We have started our preparations to give him a grand welcome. Are you ready for it and that too in a eco-friendly way?

Claying Thoughts Pottery Studio is organizing Ganesha Idol Making workshop for all Ganesha and Clay lovers. You will learn making eco-friendly clay Ganpati Idol with your own hands using simple methods. We are offering workshops for individuals, family, friends who want to learn together.


Studio Workshop for Individuals/Family/Friends/Team/Group
Workshop Duration: 1.5 to 2.5 hours

We also organize workshop for corporate employees at their office premises. For small teams, we can organize workshop at our Noida studio as well. We are also organizing one day workshops for schools, colleges, NGOs to explain students how to celebrate this festival without harming the environment. The participants can learn the basics of sculpting Ganesha idols and create their own Bappa idols.

Please book your dates in advance for Corporate/Group/ School workshop. We are organizing workshops in Delhi NCR and nearby cities. Write to us at clayingthoughts@gmail.com or call at 9971968689.

Jul 21, 2016

Pottery Workshop at BBIS, Dwarka

Claying Thoughts recently organized a 2-Day skill based pottery workshop at BBIS Dwarka for a group of 80 students. The workshop was designed to introduce handbuilding pottery techniques to students and enable them to independently create clay objects using the techniques taught to them. 
The students were introduced to pottery process and different clay handling techniques. Handbuilding techniques were demonstrated to them for making pots and other decoration items, such as hangings and masks. Students were encouraged to add their own creativity to make their pottery piece unique. Surprisingly, most of the students were touching clay for the first time but they were surely handling it like a pro. 
Thank you BBIS for making us a part of this creative endeavor. A sincere thanks to teachers for their great support and special kudos to the group of exceptionally creative and well behaved bunch of students :) Bhavanites….you ROCK!!
Take a look at few moments I captured through my lens. Don't miss the special art room decoration right from the ceiling to the walls around. It was such an inspiring decor and well conceptualized.

Jul 20, 2016

Preparations for Ganesh Chaturthi 2016

Ganesh Chaturthi fever has started gripping the country. And of course it is gripping me too. This year, I have also started the preparations for clay Ganesha idols much in advance. Last year, there were plenty of inquiries for buying clay Ganesha from people across Delhi NCR and various other parts of the country including overseas :)
So, this year we have opened the bookings for ecofriendly clay Ganesha much in advance. We create each piece with lot of love and do not use molds as we do not believe in factory mode. This is the reason we make exclusive Ganesha idols. Here are couple of Ganesha sculpted in the past. Looking forward to creating bigger and even better idols.






Like last year, we are also organizing eco-friendly Ganesha Idol workshop for people who wish to learn sculpting basic ganesha sculpture with their own hands. The Ganpati idol making workshop will be organized in studio, schools, colleges, corporate offices, community center, and events. We use wet terrracotta clay that is natural and can be easily dissolved in the water upon immersion.

Devotees can perform ganesh visarjan at home as well in a clean bucket full of water. Read our previous blogpost on same to see the steps to do visarjan at home.

http://clayingthoughts.blogspot.in/2015/09/how-to-do-ganesha-visarjan-at-home.html










Happy Festivities



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