Hands on art

Hands on art
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Gaurav Centre for Visual Arts conducted a terracotta workshop in association with Bhadravati-based Gramodya Sangh recently, which saw active participation from many. The participants learnt the art and craft of sculpting and pottery under the guidance of noted artistes G Ramakrishna Rao and Shyam Rao.

Students learnt basic techniques in clay art from renowned artistes G Ramakrishna Rao and Shyam Rao at a recently concluded workshop

Gaurav Centre for Visual Arts conducted a terracotta workshop in association with Bhadravati-based Gramodya Sangh recently, which saw active participation from many. The participants learnt the art and craft of sculpting and pottery under the guidance of noted artistes G Ramakrishna Rao and Shyam Rao.

 Participants at the workshop

Two categories of clay, red and white were used by the students to mold colourful and original works. Ramakrishna explained that red clay is generally used to make drinking vessels and pots while white or ceramic clay can be used for cups, saucers etc. The clay found on the banks of River Ganga in Bengal, Bihar and Kolkata is more suitable for art works, resulting in the producing models of temples, figurines etc in Terracota.

Renowned artist Thotha Vaikuntam also dropped in to try his hand at the workshop. Several interesting and intriguing works were on display like a lamp which can be filled with oil from the base, but turned upright, the oil seemingly miraculously does not leak out. The ingenuity of the design ensures this effect.

Among the students learning the craft and techniques of pottery, Mallika says, she is getting scope to improve her talent, do something imaginative and learn about different types of art. Shravan, a game designer wanted to experience something new and enjoyed "hands on" working with clay art. Rajkumar Gade, who is into business management, has taken it up as a hobby especially after a busy day abroad. Sculpting is a form of meditation in his opinion.

 G RamaKrishna Rao

Malini was interested in pottery as she feels that there aren’t many of these classes available, a basket and mug are in the process of being made by her. Several potters’ wheels were kept busy turning, as the students eagerly tried out their new found skills.

By:Anna Rao

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