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Creativity in clay

An exhibition-cum-sale of Khurja pottery at the Central Cottage Industries Emporium, has an array of articles to adorn interiors.

THE FAMED Khurja pottery of Uttar Pradesh speaks a distinctive clay language of its own. And not only because of its unique combination of special clay mixed with 50 per cent ground feldspar and quartz, which gives it a lustrous sheen. Over the years, Khurja's traditional Mughal-inspired floral patterns in autumnal shades of oranges, beiges and reds have given equal space to a new genre of contemporary and abstract designs in rich drip glazes of bright blues and Van Gogh yellows. This along with inputs in product design has literally transformed Khurja pottery items into vibrant lifestyle speak. Today, Khurja pottery dinner, luncheon, breakfast, tea and coffee sets as well as beer, tea and coffee mugs define contemporary living and beautiful people's lifestyles.

And for home and verandah interiors, Khurja pottery offers a range of exquisitely fashioned vases, bowls and wall plates embellished with tribal, folk, geometric and classical art motifs.

The Central Cottage Industries Emporium is currently holding an exhibition-cum-sale of Khurja pottery by master craftsman Faiz Ahmed. Called `Clay Art', the exhibition celebrates the myriad hues, forms and concepts, which have made Khurja pottery a byword in excellence both at home and abroad.

The dinner sets range from the latest spray-painted sets in soft floral themes to the drama of Mughal floral and vine motifs. The breakfast sets as well as the tea and coffee sets span a gamut of colours and gay patterns. Particularly pleasing is the introduction of soft green for the first time on dinner sets, tea cups and mugs.

Among the many innovative items on display are `dip and serve' plates, pizza platters `Kadai's, cat handle jugs, salt and pepper sets and pickle jars in vibrant colours. The range of vases, bowls and planters is singularly attractive. The elegant vases with a huge spray of flowers on a white background takes one back to the original Khurja water carrier. The Khurja pottery `Clay art' exhibition, which is on at the Central Cottage Industries Emporium, 672, Anna Salai, Temple Towers, Nandanam, concludes tomorrow.

PUSHPA CHARI

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