I am an Indian born, Australian artist living in Adelaide, South Australia.
Growing up in India, where so much is still produced by hand, I really learnt to value the handmade. Whether its block-printed textiles, glass bangles, handwoven cane furniture or hand-painted trucks I always saw the beauty in work that was made by a person. I was lucky enough to be born into a large family of extremely creative women and from an early age conversations about colour, pattern and design were a part of my everyday life.
I like to think that I bring all of these conversations into the studio with me to create decorative, functional pieces with bold, graphic designs. To me there is nothing better than a piece of art that you can use every day.
While India nourished my love of the handmade, it also showed me the beauty of tropical plants. My nature loving mum made our tiny backyard an oasis of green in a concrete jungle and taught me to appreciate plant life. But it was here in Australia that the botanical world became an obsession. Surrounded by brightly coloured, almost alien looking plants I couldn’t help but be drawn to them. I love how unique and immediately recognisable Australian flora is and it remains my favourite source of inspiration.
Each piece is completely handmade in my home studio. I use a combination of wheel throwing (vases, tumblers, bowls, mugs) and hand building (plates, pinch pots, earrings) to create clay pots which I then paint and carve. I love to work freely and by instinct, applying the colour straight onto a pot and deciding on the design as I go. This keeps the process fresh and fun for me and it encourages my ideas to flow. It also means that I have never made two pieces exactly alike so anything you buy from me is truly a one-of-a-kind.