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1977 All India Higher Secondary Examination- First Division. Convent of Jesus and Mary,
New Delhi
1983 Professional Education Diploma in Industrial Design, specialised in Ceramics Design, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
1991 Certificate Course in Vegetable Dyeing for silk and cotton yarn Design Centre, Bangalore
1980 Summer Apprenticeship with Gurcharan Singh, Mansimran Singh at Delhi Blue Pottery,New Delhi at wheel throwing and glazing techniques.
1981 Industrial Training, Punjab Pottery, New Delhi ceramic jewellery design
1983 Hitkari Pottery, New Delhi, Tableware Design Diploma project
1987-’91 With Ray Meeker, Deborah Smith at Golden Bridge Pottery Pondicherry Assistant on fired mud house project, Apprenticeship at wheel work, wood fired stoneware, salt glaze
1992 With Alan Caiger Smith at Aldermaston Pottery, Apprenticeship under Charles Wallace
Award UK, in lustre firing, maiolica
1992 With Peter Cook, Steve Course, Janice Tchalenko at Dart Pottery, UK Apprenticeship under Charles Wallace Award in stoneware and porcelain
2004 Training for IB Theory Of Knowledge, New Delhi
2005 Training for IB Visual Arts, Level 1, International School of Uganda, Kampala, Uganda
2006 Training for Level 3 IB Visual Arts. Shanghai, China
1986 Lalit Kala Research Grant in Porcelain Ceramic Sculpture
1987-’89 Junior Fellowship to Outstanding Artists in Plastic Arts, Dept. of Culture, Govt of India
1987 Second Prize, AIFACS National Studio Pottery Exhibition
1992 Charles Wallace Trust, Festival of India Arts Award
1996 Sanskriti Fine Arts Award
1996-’97 Art History Fellowship by Vikram Sarabhai Foundation/Eicher to research “Pioneers of the Indian Studio Pottery Movement”
1998 Small Study Research Grant, UK, Nehru Trust
1999 Nehru Trust Visiting Fellowship to the V & A Museum, London
2000 Grant for research of 19th cent glazed art school pottery under India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore
2002-3 Grant for one year collaboration project with Kumkum Jain, textile/fibre artist in Jaipur under India Foundation For The Arts, Bangalore,
1985 India International Centre, New Delhi TOUCH THE EARTH- Raku sculptural ceramics
1987 Max Mueller Bhawan, New Delhi SPIRALS OF GROWTH- Porcelain sculptural ceramics
1989 Art Heritage, New Delhi NEW SCULPTURAL CERAMICS- salt glazed and pit fired ceramics
1989 Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai (same as above)
1992 British Council Gallery, New Delhi LUSTRE FIRING IN THE UK
1994 Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi VESSELS FOR USE AND CONTEMPLATION- functional stoneware pottery
1994 British Council, Chennai (same as above)
1995 Chitra Kala Parishad, Bangalore (same as above)
1995 Eicher Gallery, New Delhi IMAGES OF MATTER- Salt glazed sculptural ceramics
1997 Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore A PINCH OF SALT- Salt glazed functional ceramics
1997 Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai (same as above)
2000 Art Heritage, New Delhi NEW SCULPTURAL CERAMICS
2001 Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai (same as above )
2006 Anant Gallery, New Delhi SKIN/KHAAL
1993 Delhi Women Artists, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi
Studio Pottery from Garhi Artists, Santushti, New Delhi
AIFACS National Studio Pottery Exhibition
1994 Indian Women Sculptors, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
1995 Diamond Jubilee Exhibition of AIFACS, London, UK
Ceramics ’88, International Potters Conference, Sydney, Australia
1996 Ceramics Summer Show, The Village Gallery, New Delhi
1997 Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand
1998 Studio Pottery, Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai
1999 Khirkee Gallery, New Delhi
Sakshi Gallery, Pune
Contemporary Applied Art, New Delhi
2000 Raku Pottery, LTG Gallery, New Delhi
AIFACS National Studio Pottery Exhibition
1997 5th World Triennale of Small Ceramics, Zagreb, Croatia
British Council Scholars, Queen’s Gallery, New Delhi
Cartwright Hall, Bradford, UK
1998 Made At The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA
Confluence ’98, Vis-à-vis Design Centre, New Delhi
Art Junction, Hotel Intercontinental, New Delhi
AIFACS National Studio Pottery Exhibition, New Delhi
1999 Confluence ’99, Vis-à-vis Design Centre, New Delhi
The Design Show, V & A Museum, London
2000 Group Show of Potters, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2001 Harmony, Mumbai
2001 Khoj International Artists Residency, Modinagar
2002 Delhi Blue Pottery National Exhibition ‘Water’. Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2003 Khoj International Sculptors Residency, New Delhi
2004 SKIN, Collaboration art project with Kumkum Jain, Rambagh Palace, Jaipur Virasat Heritage Festival.
2004 India International Centre Arts Festival, Martin Luther King Plaza
2005 Salt And/Of The Earth, British Council, New Delhi
Resonance, Lalit Kala Akademi Golden Jubilee Exhibition, New Delhi
Terra Natura, Gallery Nvya New Delhi
2006 Indo Korean ‘ Spirit and Soul’ Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2006 ASNA Clay Triennale, Karachi Pakistan
Digressing Domains, Gallery Nityanjali, LKA New Delhi
2007 ‘Skin of Asia’ 4th World Ceramics Biennale, Incheon, Korea
1981 KUMBHA- terracotta exhibition and workshop of 21 master craftsmen,
Crafts Council, Chennai
1988 CERAMICS ’88 and World Crafts Council Symposium, Sydney, Australia
1989 Mud Architecture Conference, Trivandrum
2001 Pottery Workshop by Jane Hamlyn, New Delhi
2002 Pottery Workshop by Walter Keeler, Pondicherry
Festival of European Ceramics, Bovey Tracey, UK
2003 Ceramic technician and facilitator to Mrinalini Mukherjee- THE OTHER SELF- Indo-Dutch Art Exhibition- NGMA New Delhi and the Stiedlijk Museum, Amsterdam
1998 Porcelain Workshop by James Danisch, Pondicherry
2001 Ceramic Artists Camp, Baroda Ceramic Centre, Baroda
2003 Coordinator and artist of KHOJ international sculptors residency, Khirkee, New Delhi
2004 Participant in the Sculptors and Potters Camp at the Jatin Das Centre For Art, Bhuvaneshwar.
2006 Speaker and lecture/demonstration at VERVE Ceramic International Conference, Brisbane, Australia
2007 Speaker at ASNA Clay Triennale, Karachi, Pakistan
Speaker at Ceramics Forum , 4th World Ceramics Biennale, Incheon, Korea
1983-’84 Assistant to Dashrath Patel for design and technical inputs for small-scale rural pottery
workshop, Saghan Kshetra Vikas Samiti, Varanasi
1984 Study of craftspeople in rural and urban areas of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa and their
relationship to work, family, traditions and market, for Oxfam Bridge
1985-’87 Worked at the Ceramic Studio, Garhi Artists Studio, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1985-’90 Consultant with Tamulpur Anchalik Gramdan Sangh, Assam for reviving traditional
tribal textiles of Bodo, Karbi, Hajong and Mising tribes and using khadi yarn, for increased
local economic benefits.
1987-’91 Assistant to Ray Meeker for Fired Mud House Project, Pondicherry
1995 Curated retrospective exhibition ‘Sardar Gurcharan Singh’ Eicher Gallery, New Delhi
1997-’98 Designer for Good Earth Studios, New Delhi in earthenware tableware project
1997-’98 Consultant to setting up the Ceramic Centre, Baroda
1998 Visiting Artist residency at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA
1999 Hand painted and decal designs for bone china tableware, Tulsi Good Earth, New Delhi
1999 Research scholar of the Indian collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
2001 Curator for retrospective exhibition of Devi Prasad on his 80th birthday, Art Heritage and British Council, New Delhi and Cymroza Gallery Mumbai in 2003
2001 Working group member of Khoj International Artists Residency, Triangle Arts Trust, Asia Pacific.
2001 Mural commission for Juhu Marriott Hotel Mumbai, 5ft x 4ft “Soul Sisters”
1985 Conducted joint training workshop with British potter, Andrew McGarva, Jaipur Blue Pottery, Neota, Rajasthan
1993Pottery teacher and consultant for Stree Niketan, Bhondsi, Haryana
1993 Conducted clay course with Lydia Mehta for the Padampat Singhania Art Centre, New Delhi
1994-’96 Worked, taught and set up the Ceramic Studio at the Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi Conducted short intensive courses for the Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi in Raku, Coloured Clay, Wheel throwing for beginners and advanced, Hand Building and Clay-Glaze theory
1994 Conducted glaze theory course for Devi Prasad’s students, New Delhi
1995 Handbuilding and kiln courses for Bishop Cotton School, Simla and Welham Girls School,
1996 Conducted workshop for remedial clay for special disabilities, Very Special Arts, New Delhi
1997 NCECA Conference- National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Fort Worth, Texas
1997-98 Visiting faculty for pottery- TVB School of Architecture, New Delhi
1997 Conducted workshop in Terra Sigillata and Egyptian Paste, Andretta Pottery, Kangra
1998 Consultant and teacher to Rural Women’s Training Project, Surajpur, NOIDA
1998 Taught inner city art program and remedial pottery during the Visiting Artist residency at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA
1998 Community and Arts In Partnership, seminar in arts education at Sanskriti, New Delhi
1999 Conducted Paper Clay techniques workshop, Baroda Ceramic Centre
Conducted Egyptian paste and coloured clay techniques workshop, IIT Design Centre, Mumbai
1999 Interaction workshop with ceramic artists and terracotta craftsmen,Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi
2000 Ceramic technician and facilitator to workshop of five artists working in clay: Bhupen Khakhar, Vivan Sundaram, Ghulam Sheikh, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Nilima Sheikh,
at the Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi
2000 Conducted Raku workshop, IIT Design Centre, Mumbai
2001 Participant in Museum Education workshop conducted by John Reeves of the British Museum. At Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi
2001/2 Resource person and consultant for Sanskriti Yatra, school education program and the Museum of Terracotta at Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi.Conducted contemporary art workshops with school children at Sanskriti Kendra called the Sanskriti Yatra, under Ford Foundation program. Resource person for designing art activity work sheets for the heritage walk and the terracotta program at the Museum. New Delhi.
2002-5 Teaching part time O & A level IGCSE Ceramics and 3D Design Studies at The British School, an international school in New Delhi. Head of Visual Arts Department. Currently involved in the formulation and setting up of the Visual Arts curriculum of the International Baccalaureate program for the school.
2004 Training for IB Theory Of Knowledge, New Delhi
2005 Training for IB Visual Arts,Level 1 International School of Uganda, Kampala, Uganda
Organiser and coordinator for International Art teachers seminar with Colin Kerrigan of the University of Arts, London ‘A Point of Departure’ with teachers support service for A level and IB Visual Arts program
2006 Visiting faculty at Indus Valley College of Architecture, Ceramics Dept, Karachi, Pakistan
2006 Training for Level 3 IB Visual Arts. Shanghai, China
Work in public collections of Cartwright Hall, Bradford, UK – The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA -British Council, UK, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Private collections include Vikram and Anita Lal, Raj and Asha Kubba, Jal Arya, Adi Billimoria, Geeta Raheja, Pheroza Godrej, Delhi Tourism Garden of the Five Senses, etc.
Written articles on traditional and contemporary ceramics for The India Magazine, Economic Times Arts Page,
Hindustan Times, Outlook Magazine, Encyclopedia Britannica website,, Visual Arts Journal of the Habitat Centre, New Delhi and ArtIndia magazine, Art Heritage Season’s Catalogue on Five Ceramic Artists 2003/4, as well as catalogue articles on Trupti Patel and P. Daroz
Currently completing the manuscript of a scholarly research publication “The Empire and Indian Craft – Cultural Studies in Indian ceramic practice 1850-1900’ under the India Foundation For The Arts craft documentation project. Also working on a manuscript ‘Ceramic Gurus’ focusing on the development of the studio pottery movement in India by closely studying the lives of six of the pioneering potters.