In the realm where design, art, and craft converge, Srishti Dube, a talented ceramic artist hailing from Noida, India, captivates with her enchanting creations. Srishti's eponymous studio is a haven for botanical and naturalistic inspirations, where clay and glass come together to form a harmonious dance of creativity.
Having discovered her affinity for clay during her Foundation year at NID, Srishti's infatuation with the material quickly grew into a profound love affair. For her, ceramics is more than just a medium — it is a vessel for intuition and a means of being present in the moment while allowing her thoughts to wander freely. Clay's pliability and ability to embody the emotions of the maker provides a poetic connection to the earth, as if each piece is fated to return to its origins. The artist also works with glass and is fascinated by its honey-like malleability and light-catching qualities, co-creating with artisans from Firozabad.
At her namesake studio, Srishti emphasizes the creation of cherished objects with emotional durability — a conscious divergence from the mass-produced and disposable culture that permeates our world. Her work celebrates the beauty of imperfection and draws inspiration from the soft organic forms found in nature. By imbuing her creations with a timeless quality, Dube invites viewers to embark on a quiet journey, much like the objects themselves.
In her notable piece, 'Daffodil Flowerhead', Srishti sparks the imagination with a whimsical exploration of plants freed from their rooted existence. With the question, "If flowers could speak our language, what would they say?", she crafted a clay flower with legs — a daffodil that evolved into a peony and eventually expanded into a charming cast of characters within a secret garden, each exuding its own unique personality.
Srishti's deep connection to nature is evident throughout her body of work. Growing up surrounded by her mother's flourishing garden, she developed a fascination with seed pods, leaves, and flowers. Drawn to the botanical illustrations in the library during her NID days, her creative journey naturally evolved as she delved into the mysteries of plants. Exploring the scientific aspects of botany, she embraces a novice's curiosity, finding freedom in focusing on individual parts rather than the whole.
Srishti Dube's work transcends the boundaries of conventional ceramics, weaving a tale of enchantment and wonder. With her thoughtful exploration of nature's marvels and her dedication to creating objects that stand the test of time, Dube invites us to embrace the beauty of imperfection and reconnect with the slower, more contemplative rhythms of life, one meticulously handcrafted object at a time.