“Every once in a while I am in tune with clay, and I hear music. It's like poetry. Those are the moments that pottery is truly beautiful for me” -Gurcharan Singh.
Clay, porcelain or ceramic: pottery has been practised over the years by many different hands, in many different mediums and styles. Delhi Blue Pottery has a unique style of its own. This is your chance to see the best of Delhi’s blue pottery up close. An exhibition of ceramic bowls and platters curated by Delhi Blue Pottery Trust is on from 2nd to 10th December 2021, 11.30 am to 7.00 pm daily at Triveni Kala Sangam, Mandi House.
If you love pottery and everything related to it, then you are going to love this exhibition by Delhi Blue Pottery Trust. Excited much?
An exhibition of ceramic bowls and platters Delhi Blue Pottery Trust presents ceramic artists in an exhibition of bowls and platters. The artists who have exhibited their work have endeavoured to create pottery pieces for everyday use in beautiful colours and glazes.
They have each used a different technique to produce these decorative bowls and platters. Be it a textured surface or painted pattern, or simply dipped in a single colour glaze. They are utilitarian, decorative and beautiful to behold, and will make excellent gifts for friends and family during this festive season. Come and indulge in a visual treat and put the pandemic behind you. These have been hard times for potters/artists and patrons alike.
A member of the trust who was present at the exhibition told us, “The blue pottery done in the usual way is heated at a temperature of 900 degrees Celsius, whereas the ones you find in this exhibition are baked at about 1280 degrees.” The artists, who have trained under the trust, bake their blue pottery specifically at 1300 degrees Celsius. “This makes it different from the pottery that comes from factory moulds.”
The history of Delhi Blue Pottery
In the 1950s, Gurcharan Singh brought the blue glazed tile to Delhi - the first step in bringing about a versatile culture of ceramic art and blue pottery to the capital.
Blue Pottery Trust is the oldest pottery institution in India. Padmashree Sardar Gurcharan Singh, the pioneer potter of India, started Delhi Blue Art Pottery in 1952 on the outskirts of Delhi. Also, in 1985, he set up Andretta Pottery studio, in the Kangra valley, Palampur. Set up primarily as a production and a teaching centre, it remains the oldest pottery institution in the country, with an extensive history of more than 65 years.
In 1991 Singh founded the Delhi Blue Pottery Trust, to take forward his objectives. Presently his son, eminent potter, Sardar Mansimran Singh heads the Trust.
Dates: 2nd to 10th December 2021
Timings: 11.30 am to 7.00 pm daily
Venue: Triveni Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam,205 Tansen Marg, New Delhi