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Terrafest- Annual Blue Pottery show by Delhi Blue Pottery at Open Air Gallery and workshops at Sculpture Court.

The terracotta festival organized by Delhi Blue Pottery Trust, at Triveni Kala Sangam, is a celebration of the skill of traditional artisans and the earthenware they produce. The first Terrafest, held in 2015, was highly rewarding. It encouraged the Trust to offer workshops conducted by artisans as an additional facet of the festival in 2016. Terrafest 2017 builds on the success of these two years. Enthusiasts can learn coil work from LN Naga of Jaipur, the Rajasthani style of cutwork on pottery from OP Galav and jewellery making from Harish Dhawan of Madhya Pradesh.

Terracotta, also known as earthenware is unglazed or glazed ceramic, where the body, fired at relatively lower temperatures than stoneware and porcelain, is porous. Today, such earthenware is primarily identified with garden pots and other outdoor decorative elements. But there was a time not so long ago when, in every state, every region of this vast country, it was the medium through which life itself was defined. The potter had a special place in the community. His bare hands transformed, almost magically, a lump of clay into products – functional, decorative and votive – that were intrinsic to the cultural fabric of the community, without which no festivity or celebration was complete.

Sadly, faced with competition from plastic and metal ware, terracotta is now fighting for survival. Traditional artisans are finding it more and more difficult to live above subsistence level. Some have managed to take the help of design development programs, and are producing works of extraordinary beauty. But, neither the money nor the recognition comes close to balancing the hard work, and expertise that goes into the making. It is not surprising that the younger

generations, inheritors of this vast knowledge and almost intuitive skill are discouraged; reluctant to take up the mantle.
This one-of-a-kind event, initiated by Delhi Blue Pottery Trust brings together the finest terracotta artisans from all over the country. It provides a platform for them to showcase a range of earthenware, to market not only products but also skills; to learn, to ideate and to interact with each other as well as ceramists, artists, collectors, and the many members of the general public who appreciate their work.

By creating opportunities such as this, the Trust hopes to renew the possibility of a via media for the sale of terracotta products, gently persuading a new generation of artisans to emerge from within the fold, by helping them earn a livelihood, since it is only they who can keep this wonderful art and craft alive.

Exhibition details:

Terrafest 2017
Venue: Triveni Kala Sangam, 205 Tansen Marg, New Delhi.110001
Dates: 6th to 10th October 2017
Timings: 11.00 am to 7.00 pm daily

Workshops are open to all.

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