Pratibha Gupta

Pratibha Gupta

I have been a painter and potter, with experience in stone carving. All the skills, the long training of eye and hand in these different disciplines, merge into my ceramic pieces.  An accidental dent into the clay while making a pot may reveal a pattern I had not seen before; and I am always in a hurry to capture that vision.

I have been an artist since my early ages in India, and have been working with ceramics for the past 22 years. I love working with clay, as form and design go together.  Sometimes the doodles in my sketchbook lead to the form and sometimes vice versa, with the surface itself lending to the design.  I pick up my etching tool and the inner vision materializes itself.  I primarily use stoneware and porcelain; and wheel throw and hand build my pots.  When the pots turn leather-hard, I incise my designs into them with various colored slips. My pots are gas-fired, soda-fired as well as wood-fired.

My work is both useful as well as aesthetically interesting.  This allows for not only function but also beauty to become a part of everyone’s daily living.