They say that the world belongs to those who are willing to get their hands dirty and we wouldn’t want to disagree. Pottery and ceramics have broken through their niche art form streak and transcended more into a hobby or a passion that modern Indians are taking to. From understanding and studying the fluid and diverse nature of clay which presents a myriad of options for creations to putting precision, attention and detail into creating the end product, the experience is meditative, to say the least.
As a new wave of Indians increasingly seems to display interest in this traditional art form, exclusive design studios and artist retreats across the country are also presenting exciting opportunities for those with a curious mind and restless hands.
Here are our picks for Homegrown pottery studios across the country offering courses, retreats and more.
I. Clayfingers, Kerala
Located within the interiors of a run-down 1950s brick and tile factory in the heart of Thrissur, Clayfingers is a pottery studio and retreat that was started by passionate curators and sculptors Hasseena Hassan and Suresh Subramanian back in 2009. The space which is open for enthusiasts, professionals and even curious first-times provides a slice of local Kerala culture blended with the skilful knowledge of its founders and the community that they have fostered.
To visit their space or know more, click here.
II. Slow Pottery, Andhra Pradesh
Inspired by an eco-conscious, slow-living lifestyle, designer, sculptor and artist Nikita Dawar started Slow Pottery. Nestled within the luscious mango orchards in rural Andhra Pradesh, the team offers a range of pottery courses from beginner to advanced levels. The studio also has an online store on Instagram where products are sold for purchase. A stay at this beautiful vintage property is strongly recommended for those seeking an alternative approach to honing their skills.
III. Aavartan Pottery Studio, Auroville
Started by artist and sculptor, Rakhee Kane, Aavartan is a contemporary ceramics and pottery studio situated amidst Auroville’s international community. The naturally built, earthen studio also alternates as a gallery space for Kane to display her installations and creations over the years. The studio space currently fosters a small community of enthusiasts and learners who are actively participating in the artist’s ongoing projects.
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