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Copper and ceramic

In Cynthia Suzan's hands, copper and ceramic come together to form a collection of out-of-the-ordinary figurines, vases, lamps, dishes and jewellery


METAL AND clay may not sound like an exciting combination but in Cynthia Suzan's hands, copper and ceramic come together to form a collection of out-of-the-ordinary figurines, vases, lamps, dishes and jewellery.

The jewellery is the highpoint of the display at Amethyst. It's a combination of wire, pellets and chunks of copper juxtaposed with high-fired stoneware pottery. Circles of ceramic are set off with twists of copper, strung with cork beads. It's simple, semi-light jewellery that would work perfectly on single tone cotton kurtas or linen tops.

Bangalore-based potter-cum-designer Cynthia and husband Hamsavardhan have experimented before, by combining ceramic with other materials such as wood, but this is the first time they've tried metal.

"Incorporating metallic aspects into clay was a learning experience for me," says Cynthia, who was in the city to launch the collection at Amethyst. "The metal enhances the ceramic and as the copper ages and loses its lustre, it gives the jewellery a different look." The copper's earthy golden-brown offsets the glazed and non-glazed ceramic to perfection.

Long-limbed African figurines look down austerely from the shelves at the store, rings glinting from their noses and ears. Square trays lie scattered around, the copper portions giving them a sun-kissed appearance. Asymmetrically shaped candle stands and lamp stands complete the display. The jewellery is priced between Rs. 300 and Rs. 450, while the pottery and bric-a-brac range from Rs. 400 to Rs. 4,000. The ceramic-copper collection is on show at Amethyst, Padmavathi Road, Jeypore Colony, Gopalapuram, ph: 28203582.

SHALINI UMACHANDRAN

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