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A creative workshop on “Ceramic Products” was organized under the mentorship of renowned ceramic artist Mr. Partha Dasgupta

A creative workshop and demonstration on “Ceramic Products” was organized for the students of Foundation Dept. under the mentorship of renowned ceramic artist Mr. Partha Dasgupta from 20th to 21st April 2017.

Introduction to Creative Ceramic workshop at UID

As a part of the preparatory activity, the students of Foundation Dept. crafted pottery for two days (18th & 19th April). These artifacts were later used for the “Glazing” procedure during the ceramic workshop that took place on 20th and 21st April under the mentorship of  Mr. Partha Dasgupta. During the workshop, Mr. Dasgupta explained the techniques of creative pottery making, ceramic glazing procedure, multiple glazing techniques, the theory of ceramic art, application of Ceramic knowledge in Design process etc. He also gave audio – visual presentation on Ceramic & pottery design, practical presentation cum demonstration on actual potteries and how the ceramic firing/baking happen in a proper ceramic Kiln (in our UID Ceramic lab). And the practical result of all these processes was visible to us in those two days.

Introduction of Lead Faculty – Shri Partha Dasgupta

Mr. Partha Dasgupta was born in Kolkata in 1966. He did his BVA. from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata and MFA from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan and then UGC-NET. He received Senior Research Fellowship (2011-13), Junior Research Fellowship (2001-03) and Nation scholarship (1996-97) for his experimental research contribution in ceramic art of India by Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

As a trainer, he worked with NID as Chief Designer, did several workshops across India and did publish several books and article in renowned Journals of India.

A ceramics master, Partha Dasgupta’s creative mind travels easily from paintings to sculptures in ceramic and vice versa with poetic sensibility. He got Birla Academy Award twice – in 2000 for Best Drawing and in 2008 for Best Painting. He taught at the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata, Sriniketan, Visva Bharati University, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Centre for Archaeological Studies and Training, Eastern India. Partha’s creations enrich the collections of Bahrain Fine Arts Society, U P State Lalit Kala Akademi, Birla Academy and other private and public collections in India and abroad. He is a member of the Society of Contemporary Artists since 2008; he lives and works in Kolkata.

Brief introduction of Pottery as artifacts

Pottery is basically clay hardened into the fire. The type of clay used and the degree of heat to which it is being baked decides the technical character of the ware.

Indian pottery origin goes back to the Indus Valley civilization and it is the most iconic element of the Indian art. Some of the pottery being created on wheels and some were handmade from that period of time till date. Earlier people use to build their temporary kilns and produced and sold their wares before moving on to the next village. The pots were favored for water transportation and storage, grain storage along with cooking pots and storage for oil, beer, milk, and curd.

Three main styles of pottery were there – black pottery, blue pottery and terracotta as well as the unglazed being divided into paper thin, scrafito and highly polished. In some parts of India, the potters maintain a high status due to being involved in the production of deities for religious ceremonies, terracotta being the common medium. Terracotta horses of the height of 7 meters have been used in temples.

With the progression of time and constant cultural exchanges, the ceramics in ancient India was enriched and evolved turning out to be very much appreciated. The making of glazed pottery developed under the influence of the Arabs in India and the Mogul art inspired some of the designs.

Today Indian pottery comes in a variety of shapes and patterns. The ceramic artists from all over the globe are trying to adapt the Indian form of pottery. The ancient pottery art has become a contemporary form of Western pottery art. Though the Western style of pottery is a little different from that of the Indian time, both the forms are known as the Modern Contemporary form of pottery.

Creativity & Pottery Craftsmanship

Pottery & Ceramics has a visual language in all cultures and is intrinsic to people’s lives, needs and memories.

Ceramic, an art of clay & glazes is a fascinating medium which has gained immense popularity. Ceramic ware has always been a result of an unwritten bonding wherein a lump of clay unconditionally surrenders to the intimate act of touch by the creator. The maker of clay pottery intimately handles the physical sensitiveness of the malleable material. The acknowledgment of the tactile quality of clay through each touch of the maker is a creative statement displaying the virtues of intellect, ingenuousness, and sensibility of the maker.

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