Kiran Nadar Museum of Art will premiere ‘The Spring Fest 2019,’ a ceramic festival in collaboration with Delhi Blue Pottery Trust Studios.
The event will feature the works of a variety of local artists at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Saket. Also included at the Spring Fest are distinctive workshops, which will be free for all. The idea is to foster awareness and understanding of indigenous ceramic pottery and to provide a platform for artists in the tradition. The workshops will also provide participants an opportunity to try their hand at pottery.
As part of its mission of taking art to the people, this year KNMA intends to showcase various indigenous art forms through such weekend festivals. Twenty artists from the Delhi Blue Pottery Studios will participate in the festival. Creations such as planters, vases, tiles and sculptural pieces will be displayed and are available for sale.
Joining hands with KNMA’s outreach initiative, the Delhi Blue Pottery Trust will conduct a number of workshops featuring artists like Manjari Sharma, who specializes in clay masks using hand forming techniques. Another featured artist is R. Thengaiya, a terracotta specialist in crafting decorative bulls and horses that can be seen at the Aiynar Shrines in Tamil Nadu. Also on the program a “Play with Clay” workshop by Seema Mohaley, who will demonstrate the use of hand-building skills used to craft animals and various other forms.
The Spring Fest will be held from March 1 to March 3, 2019 at KNMA, Saket, 11:00 am-7:00 pm. It will feature two workshops daily, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and (2:00 pm to 5:00 pm)
The participating studio ceramists of Delhi Blue Pottery Trust who are going to showcase their designs include Aditi Jain, Ambika Mehta, Anisha Gupta, Anju Kaushik, Archana Singh, Chitra Sharma, Divya Dandona, Indu Goswami, Manju Kumar, Leena Batra, Megha Rawat, Meenakshi Sen, Namita Khanna, Neeru Bhargav, Parul Srivastav, Rachna Parasher, Seema Mohaley, Sona Srivastava, Sonia Dhingra and Usha Garodia.
Delhi Blue Pottery Trust was established in 1952 by Sardar Gurcharan Singh widely regarded as the father of the studio ceramic pottery movement. The trust is the premier teaching organisation that schools over a hundred students all over the country today.
The Delhi Blue Pottery Trust has taken the lead in the promotion of terracotta and studio ceramics. Exhibitions, workshops, talks, demonstrations and interactions on an international level are organized to facilitate a free exchange of ideas on Indian art works. TerraFest and CeramicFest occur annually and India Studio Potters Exhibition in collaboration with AIFACS is one of their noteworthy events which has recently been added to the list.
Kiran Nadar Museum of Art is the first private museum in India. A non-commercial, not-for-profit organization, KNMA is focused on the bridging the gap between art and the people in innovative ways, including exhibitions, publications, education, and public outreach programs.
Since it was established in 2010, KNMA is today a pivotal force in the country’s cultural landscape. Its influence and vision have increased the visibility of modern and contemporary Indian art worldwide. As such, the museum serves as a global platform that showcases the vibrant art community of India.