Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit Pot-tree, a creative ceramic studio located at Samiyala, a good 20-odd kilometres from Vadodara on Padra Road. I had missed the chance to check out the Art Haat that was held there a couple of months ago. Curious, Joy and I turned into a dirt track through the fields and came up right next to a large bungalow-cum-studio-cum-farmhouse space with roosters, turkeys and chickens running around huge ceramic wares. Anju Pawar has been living there for the past eight years. A graduate of fine arts from MS University, Baroda who is specialised in ceramic design (National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad), Anju says she doesn't miss the city. "I get all my provisions from Padra and Baroda. I hate going to the city now." Anju works here by herself on myriad objects of different shapes, colours and functions - from piggy banks that need not be broken to elephant-shaped bookends to hippo vases to coffee mugs - that cost anywhere from Rs 250 to a few thousands. She also conducts workshops and art camps and trains local village women in her craft. She will be exhibiting some of her 'smaller wares' at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2012 in Mumbai from February 4-5. And then Anju will be back at her studio for the annual Art Camp that begins on February 7 and will go on to February 21. She says, "I want artists from all over to come to my house and studio to work." It will be a good chance to see the works of local artists as well as those from Kolkata and Bhopal. Go check it out. And yes, entry is free and welcome.
Pic credit: Joy Fernandes
For pics of the Art Haat at Pot-tree, click on this Facebook link