Compelling platter pieces
A rich and colourful spectrum on display Pic. by M. Karunakaran.
FORUM ART Gallery and Pothole's "Potters Platters" exhibition presents on a platter, as it were or on 44 platters to be precise ceramic craft. Ceramic is blazing new trails today. Potters Platters brings the platter as a perfect canvas for creative expression, made by 18 leading ceramic artists from all over the country. Concepts on square, rectangular, uneven, scrunched and round platters afford both visual and aesthetic delight. The ceramic artists whose work is being showcased represent a rich spectrum from vintage Ray Meeker of Golden Gate Pottery fame and its many disciples to Ruby Singh's Delhi Blue Pottery, Panditji and his sons Abhay and Shailesh, Vineet Kacker and Kratu. In this art feast, the changing patterns of platters combine decorative form with function. Expressions of clay, colour and relief offer hanging platters, huge decorative platters, which can be placed on table, wall or floor or even platters which can be used for community eating! Earthy tones so typical of high temperature fired stoneware dominate though there are touches and swirls of orange, blue, green and even red. Ray Meeker's distinctive Golden Gate Pottery platters leave indelible impressions including a whimsical one with images of Ambedkar and fishes. A platter with an intense face scooped into it makes intriguing viewing. Batik like symphony in mauve tones, Panditji's green and gold toned platter worked with trimming tools, Vinod Daroz's inward journey focussing on the Buddhist Way are among the many compelling exhibits on view, all reflecting a high degree of skill. An unusual piece which stands out is Kratu's Sun platter while Supriya Meneghetti's lovely square platter featuring waves and circles is pure delight...
Potters Platters will be on view at Focus Art Gallery, 57, 5th Street, Padmanabha Nagar, Adyar till July 16.
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