First Indian Ceramics Triennale - 2018

Ceramic Art is probably the most attractive art yet growing very slowly, specially in India. For the expansion of this art form and allow ceramics art to be appreciated, The first Indian Ceramics Triennale is inaugurated on 31st August at Jawahar Kala Kendra in collaboration with Contemporary Clay Foundation which will go on till 18 Nov. The triennale is aptly themed 'Breaking Ground' showcasing 47 artists including 35 Indian and 12 international artists. It also includes symposiums, films, masterclasses and also the book launch 'Building with Fire' is scheduled on 2nd September by Ray Meeker.

The project executed at a triennale represent a broad and diverse exploration by artists engaged equally with materiality and thought. Each artist project is the presentation of a single idea.

Adil writer is one of the 47 artists, Well known among these are Ray Meeker who founded Golden Bridge Pottery in Puducherry on 1971. Then there are many artists who showcase their art, some of them are Anitra Sinha, Dipalee Daroz, Parth Dasgupta, Rahul Kumar, Shampa Shah and Rakhee Kane. There are also LN Talur and Thukral & Tagra, well-known artists who work in diverse mediums, but are showing their work in ceramics at the Triennale.

International names such as Jane Perryman, Ingrid Murphy and veteran artist Jacques Kaufmann also presenting their project.

Then I heard the 'Sounds of the Pink City' by Ingrid Murphy. She made the relationship between ceramic artifacts and technology. As in 'Sounds of the Pink City' the cups become touch sensor using gold lustre that access the ambient sound recorded across the old city. Her body of works showcases here includes 'A Day at the Hunt', 'The Grumpy dog' and the 'I O Touch' which connects two hands across the world i.e. When touched in Jaipur its partner hand illuminates in the UK.

Then some other works exhibits are 'Foot Mat' by Ajay Kanwal, viewers are invited to stand, walk or run on the Foot Mat. Also the 'Evanescent Landscape- Svargalok, Jaipur' by Juree Kim. Inspired by historical buildings of Jaipur and miniature painting titled 'svargalok' at city palace museum, Juree created her imagined city.

Shirley Bhatnagar's ' The Broken Promised' is a ironic work by her. In this, her table is beautifully decorated with teapots, plates and spoons which all are in fact, quite unusable. Spoons and forks with spikes, interconnected mugs etc. which looks fancy but makes no sense, same as the broken promises made by politicians. She includes various political statements in her project which are illogical and foolish.

Look at the 'Man Exhibiting Holes' by Tallur. He uses sculpture, wall pieces, and interactive work to expose the ridiculousness of everyday life and the anxieties that characterize contemporary society. This sculpture with hollow terracotta.

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