Homegrown ceramics is an area that’s picking up a considerable amount of momentum, with collectors across the country looking to find pieces that match the aesthetic sensibilities of both their own personalities as well as the spaces they inhabit. From workplaces to coffee shops to studios to bedrooms and living spaces; there’s something about the inimitable charm of handmade ceramics that gives its surroundings an instant injection of life, verve, charm and cheer.
Tosha Jagad is an Indian designer and illustrator who has just released her latest ceramics collection — the Nerikomi Edit. The drop pays tribute to the Japanese decorative process of the same name that incorporates the stacking and cutting of coloured clay to reveal intricate and vivid patterns. The intricate process that Tosha follows involves twelve hours of wet sanding, bisque firing and transparent glazing. There’s a movement and a flow to the patterns on her handmade pieces that give them an almost surreal quality without being over the top stylistically. The hues and colour palettes imbibe her pieces with an almost rustic charm that paints a picture of a warm, idyllic summer's day. Their four-legged form, which she calls ‘block cats’, also gives them an endearing shape that’s sure to appeal to animal lovers.
There’s an unassuming intricacy to the collection that is augmented by the sense of comfort you get of the motifs and patterns that she incorporates into her work. The Nerikomi Edit is refined yet unpretentious; calm yet electric; simple yet complex. It is these dualities that allow it to stand out.
As an artist, Tosha has always been drawn to tactile materials and finds a sense of fulfilment in hands-on work that allows her to bring her creative vision to life. Her work as an artist leans towards figurative subjects and she finds zoomorphic subjects particularly appealing. Her current body of work and collections are reflective of this and place a particular emphasis on cats as a theme of creative exploration.
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