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Clay art inspired by nature reflects the unlimited variety of surface textures, patterns, and energy in the natural surroundings. When the earth was first dug up to find out the life in history, the first pot excavated connected the present with the past! Pottery traces back to the oldest time known to us, now it is an art that very few understand, and hardly few consider it as a mainstream passion.
For today’s #TuesdayTale we from Red Polka connected with the potter duo- Bhairavi Naik and Rohit Kulkarni of Curators of Clay– coming from diverse backgrounds of marketing and mass communication the two eventually realised that pottery is their true calling. The duo began by working simultaneously under the tutelage of Sandeep Manchekar, a well-known potter himself and later decided to open their own studio. Curators Of Clay started out purely as an indulgent pursuit of beauty and peace.
Rohit emphasizes- “it’s the connection between the user and each piece of pottery he / she uses that intrigues and excites us. Our vision is simple- we want our pottery to be loved, cherished and most importantly, used.”
All the work done at Curators Of Clay work is handmade, resulting in their art being a lot like them – friendly, happy, individualistic, fun and often, whimsical. However, unlike them, their pottery is also food-safe, microwave / oven friendly and dishwasher compliant. Almost all their work is functional pottery – they believe the best art is the kind you can use and enjoy every single day. All their utilitarian ware is designed and crafted to be handled and enjoyed every day, and keep the users inspired.
Curators Of Clay uses gas-fired kilns (and are currently in the process of building a wood-fire one too), and while stoneware is their preferred clay they do work in earthenware and porcelain as well. Bhairavi’s degree in Bio-chemistry helps in ascertaining that the product gets the right glaze that will ensure many a client’s gaze- this helps keep all their work food-safe.