Indian Inspired Ceramics

29 Jul


I have been to Rufford Abbey many times to see various exhibitions. Every time I am there, I get amazed by the textile exhibitions that take place there.

This time when I heard that Pollie and Garry Uttley were having an exhibition of their Ceramics at Rufford and it is inspired by India, I just could not wait to see their work. Pollie and Garry Uttley first visited India in 1995 and have made annual visits ever since. They got impressed with what India has to offer in the arts, craft and the architecture. During their recent trip to India in 2013/14  they spent a month in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in the heart of India. Now this is the birth place of my parents so obviously I was doubly interested. The tribal markets and the tribal museum in Bhopal has been the ideal inspiration of their work.

Looking at their work, it is obvious that they have a very keen eye on picking up the unique and identifying features of the tribal art, which they then employ to adorn the surface decoration of their ceramics, wall hangings and dishes. They use a variety of techniques to create the work such as impressing and applying, printing and painting, folding and stitching. They add sheesha glass and camel bone onto their work.


As I go to India often myself. It gives me a pleasure to see how people in UK find it and how they have used the inspiration from India in their work. I noticed a lot of detail has gone into the surface decoration of their ceramic wares with the patterns and the colours, which are so distinctive of India. When you take a look at the wall hanging, you do get attracted to the textiles and quilt patterns.


Must see highlights of the exhibition

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