MadrasMalli debuts an initiative to promote arts, with an exhibition on Tenmoku Pottery
Sujata Agarwalla has always been interested in the arts, thanks to frequent trips as a child to museums and art schools. She even worked at her uncle’s Kolkata-based gallery, Chitrakoot, right after college. Though she never pursued arts seriously, she says she always kept her eyes peeled while travelling—for unique artefacts to bring home. “Now that my children are grown up, I have the time to invest in my passion. So I decided to start MadrasMalli, an umbrella under which I can showcase handmade works from across the world,” says the 40-something.
Her first exhibition kicks off today with a showcasing of Tenmoku Pottery from Malaysia. “Tenmoku is a dark glaze (resembling oil-spotting) that is popular in Japan and China. But Soo Chow Mean, a ceramicist from Malaysia, uses it to create work that also draws inspiration from nature. I am bringing down a selection of crockery and home décor from his company,” she says. With fossil-like imprints on the pottery, and multiple glazes that add colour and depth, you can choose from tea and dining sets to vases and tea light holders. “Each piece takes almost a week to make,” says Agarwalla, adding that if the exhibition is a success, she plans to bring down a selection of all-natural Mount Sapola ceramic diffusers next and also conduct workshops on various crafts.
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Surya Praphulla Kumar