Dates: Apr 1 - Apr 10, 2019
Venue: IES School of Ceramics, Bandra Reclamation
Shayonti, an Interior Designer by profession, worked in Bombay for seven years with Sanjay Puri and Niteen Parulekar. The birth of her two children proved to be the catalyst, urging her to shift professions and follow her dream of being an artist. She has trained at The Golden Bridge Pottery, Pondicherry, under Ray Meeker, Deborah Smith and Cory Brown, after having completed her Diploma in Ceramics from the L.S. Raheja School of Art, Bombay.
She spent some time training with Professor Alan Baxter in France and has been part of various clay workshops with the likes of Tim Rowan, Joe Finch, Ruthanne Tudball, Gary Hambleton, Jane Jermyn, Shamai Gibsch, Simcha Even-Chen among others. She has exhibited in various national and international exhibitions. During her recent sojourn with clay, she is exploring curation, public art installations, commissioned installations at various corporate and residential spaces. She has been a recipient of various awards over the past few years. She works out of her studio, ‘Tattva Studio Private Limited’, in south Bombay where she creates sculptures, pots and teaches her students to love clay.
My heart’s escape is the ocean. I am a scuba diver, and have witnessed some of its many wonders while diving, I am intrigued by the fluidity of forms and textures seen underwater. They create the illusion of being in constant motion even though they may be perfectly still pieces of coral or shell. To bring in that movement in my work is a challenge. While working with broken shell forms, what struck me about it is that it was a home at one point, which over time shows effects of wear and tear. I wanted to explore the possibilities of homes that are broken over time, by forces of nature or by human intervention or even by socio-cultural forces.
During this exploration came about the realisation that seed pods are homes too. They nurture and harbour life and then through the course are split open. These homes ‘break open’ and in this case it has a very positive connotation. The breaking of this home gives life and hope. My head is often tormented by the times we live in, while my heart tries to comfort it. This symbol of positivity while enduring a society that is in desperate need of introspection comes as a relief of sorts.
For me, being a ceramist is in many ways a testament to my love of art and nature. What amazes me about ceramics, is its use of all the five elements of nature and for that, it is to me, a truly complete medium of expression! I have always been attracted to the Earth, and after being exposed to various media during my art studies, I found clay to be the one that resonated with me the most.