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Aesthetic with a functional edge

Charmaine Suares' keen sense of design and artistic flair give a distinct touch to her ceramic works, on display at Amethyst, till June 9.

Form meets function in the works of Charmaine Suares. At an exhibition-cum-sale of her ceramic creations at Amethyst, 14, Padmavathi Road, Jeypore Colony, Gopalapuram, from today till June 9, 11.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m., this Goa-based studio potter unmistakably displays her originality.

A Fine Arts student of the Stella Maris College, Charmaine's urge to explore the medium of clay took her to the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. After a creative stint in industrially produced ceramics, she followed her instinct to return to handmade pottery. She visited Auroville, Pondicherry, and trained under Angad Vohra briefly, before seeking the guidance of Ray Meeker of Golden Bridge Pottery.

Here, she honed her skills in making utility items like tea sets, jars, mugs and vases. Thanks to Charmaine's design background at the NID and her natural artistic flair, she was able to combine aesthetics with functionality.

The present show at Amethyst showcases some captivating utility items for tasteful homes, besides purely sculptural pieces, which stand out for their form.

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