1st September 2018
Jawahar Kala Kendra collaborates with Contemporary Clay Foundation to launch the first Indian Ceramics Triennale: Breaking Ground

The first-ever international ceramics event: Indian Ceramics Triennale: Breaking Ground, 2018 was formally launched on August 31, 2018, by the guest of honour, Sangita Jindal, Chairperson, JSW Foundation at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

Breaking Ground has been developed and grown under the auspices of Peter Nagy (Director, Nature Morte gallery), Ray Meeker (Co-Founder, Golden Bridge Pottery, Pondicherry, renowned artist and educator) and Pooja Sood (Director General, Jawahar Kala Kendra). An ambitious first, the Triennale has been curated by the Contemporary Clay Foundation, which is an artist-driven initiative by a six-member core team of mid-career ceramic artists including Anjani Khanna, Madhvi Subrahmanian, Neha Kudchadkar, Reyaz Badaruddin, Sharbani Das Gupta, and Vineet Kacker.

With over forty-seven artists projects, the Triennale is an exploration of clays versatility in both scale and materiality. It showcases both experimental and experiential art, ranging from raw, unfired clay manifestations to interactions with digital technologies. The architecture of Jawahar Kala Kendra has made possible large site-specific installations and performative artworks lending a unique tenor to the Triennale.

The thirty five Indian artists were selected through a nationwide open call and includes Aarti Vir, Adil Writer, Ajay Kanwal, Anjani Khanna, Antra Sinha, Ashwini Bhatt, Ashim Paul, Atita Taware, Benitha Perciyal, Dipali Daroz, Elodie Alexandre, L N Tallur, Madhvi Subrahmanian, Neha Kudchadkar, Nidhi Jalan, P R Daroz, Partha Dasgupta, Priya Sundarvali, Rahul Kumar + Chetnaa, Rakhee Kane, Ray Meeker, Reyaz Badaruddin, Saraswati Renata, Savia Mahajan, Shalini Dam, Shampa Shah, Sharbani Das Gupta, Shirley Bhatnagar, Shitanshu Maurya, Sukhdev Rathod, Triveni Prasad, Vineet Kacker, Vipul Kumar, Vishnu Kolleri, Thukral & Tagra.

The twelve international artists participating are well established, highly respected practitioners and include Barney Hare Duke + Jo Ayre in collaboration with Warli artists Rasika and Ramesh Hengadi, Danijela Pivašević-Tenner, Ester Beck, Hoshino Satoru, Ingrid Murphy, Jane Perryman, Jacques Kaufmann, Jessika Edgar, Jae Joon Lee,  Juree Kim, Kate Malone and Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran.

A collaboration with the British Ceramics Biennial has been set up to develop a continuing reciprocal arrangement between British and Indian ceramic artists. Kristine Michael in collaboration with the Delhi Art Gallery has curated a concurrent exhibition of works by the late Kripal Singh Shekhawat, the artist behind the revival of Jaipur Blue pottery. A studio and volunteering program with students from The Indian Institute of Craft and Design, Jaipur is also in place.

Breaking Ground promises to be an exciting event that sets the ground for a continuing three-year cycle of art shows that celebrate the vast possibilities of the medium of clay.

Image: Thukral and Tagra, ‘Longing for Tomorrow’, Porcelain