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Kristine Michael

New Delhi, India 4 Followers

About Artist

Kristine Michael trained in ceramic design with Dashrath Patel at The National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and subsequently with Alan Caiger Smith at Aldermaston Pottery, UK. Her formative creative years in Aurovil...

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Kristine Michael trained in ceramic design with Dashrath Patel at The National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and subsequently with Alan Caiger Smith at Aldermaston Pottery, UK. Her formative creative years in Auroville and at The Golden Bridge Pottery in Pondicherry with Ray Meeker and Deborah Smith formed a strong base in wood firing and stoneware glazes.


Kristine Michael studied Indian ceramic practice between 1800 and 1900, combining scholarly perspectives with a ceramic artist’s sense of what might have practical relevance. She is interested in how colonial trade practices, orientalist assumptions about Indian art and the significant Western market for Indian designs in the 19th century helped to create not just a new aesthetic but also a basis for the present-day distinction between art and craft. Kristine documented the history of terracotta production in the 19th century and also attempt to throw light on the influence of colonial perceptions on Indian art practice.


Being a teacher of the history and techniques of ceramics, she is equally excited about understanding the actual process of ceramic production in the 19th century – the clay, colour pigments, glazes and firing techniques used. She points out that the art schools, under the influence of teachers trained in European pottery, introduced new firing techniques and methods of glazing pots.


She has received many awards, among them the Sanskriti Award, Charles Wallace award, Nehru Fellowship and Junior Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture. Her work is a part of important collections at Bradford Museum, Cartwright Hall UK, Seoul Ceramic Foundation at Icheon Korea, The Clay Studio Philadelphia and Essl Museum Austria. She has written articles widely on ceramics both historical and contemporary, as well as on ceramic artists, in publications like Treasures of the Albert Hall Museum Jaipur, Devi Prasad, PR Daroz catalogue for Art Alive, Handicrafts of Gujarat, and the yet to be published Jaipur Blue Pottery, etc. She has participated in many international Exhibitions and lectures on Indian ceramics, the most recent being ASNA Clay Triennale in Karachi in 2013. She is based in New Delhi and is currently Curriculum Leader of Visual and Performing Arts at The British School New Delhi. She is also a PhD scholar at School of Arts and Aesthetics JNU, New Delhi.


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  • About Artist

    Kristine Michael trained in ceramic design with Dashrath Patel at The National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and subsequently with Alan Caiger Smith at Aldermaston Pottery, UK. Her formative creative years in Auroville and at The Golden Bridge Pottery in Pondicherry with Ray Meeker and Deborah Smith formed a strong base in wood firing and stoneware glazes.


    Kristine Michael studied Indian ceramic practice between 1800 and 1900, combining scholarly perspectives with a ceramic artist’s sense of what might have practical relevance. She is interested in how colonial trade practices, orientalist assumptions about Indian art and the significant Western market for Indian designs in the 19th century helped to create not just a new aesthetic but also a basis for the present-day distinction between art and craft. Kristine documented the history of terracotta production in the 19th century and also attempt to throw light on the influence of colonial perceptions on Indian art practice.


    Being a teacher of the history and techniques of ceramics, she is equally excited about understanding the actual process of ceramic production in the 19th century – the clay, colour pigments, glazes and firing techniques used. She points out that the art schools, under the influence of teachers trained in European pottery, introduced new firing techniques and methods of glazing pots.


    She has received many awards, among them the Sanskriti Award, Charles Wallace award, Nehru Fellowship and Junior Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture. Her work is a part of important collections at Bradford Museum, Cartwright Hall UK, Seoul Ceramic Foundation at Icheon Korea, The Clay Studio Philadelphia and Essl Museum Austria. She has written articles widely on ceramics both historical and contemporary, as well as on ceramic artists, in publications like Treasures of the Albert Hall Museum Jaipur, Devi Prasad, PR Daroz catalogue for Art Alive, Handicrafts of Gujarat, and the yet to be published Jaipur Blue Pottery, etc. She has participated in many international Exhibitions and lectures on Indian ceramics, the most recent being ASNA Clay Triennale in Karachi in 2013. She is based in New Delhi and is currently Curriculum Leader of Visual and Performing Arts at The British School New Delhi. She is also a PhD scholar at School of Arts and Aesthetics JNU, New Delhi.


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  • Academics

    1983 Professional Education Diploma in Industrial Design, specialised in Ceramics Design, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
    1992 Apprenticeship under Charles Wallace Award UK, in lustre firing, maiolica With Alan Caiger Smith at Aldermaston Pottery, with Peter Cook, Steve Course, Janice Tchalenko at Dart Pottery, UK Apprenticeship under Charles Wallace Award in stoneware and porcelain
    2006 Art History Certificate Course, National Museum, New Delhi

  • Exhibitions

    15 solo exhibitions in India
    Selected International Group exhibitions:
    2015 British Council New Delhi
    2014 'Colourful Wonderful'Yido Gallery Seoul
    2013 United Art Fair New Delhi
    2010 'Under The Banyan Tree” Essl Museum Austria
    2007 ‘Skin of Asia’ 4th World Ceramics Biennale, Incheon, Korea
    2006/2013 ASNA Ceramics Biennale Karachi Pakistan
    2005 'Resonance', Lalit Kala Akademi Golden Jubilee Exhibition, New Delhi
    1998 'Made At The Clay Studio', Philadelphia, USA
    1997 Cartwright Hall, Bradford, UK
    1994 'Indian Women Sculptors', National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

  • Award & Recognition

    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 ICCR Travel Grant for residency at Philadelphia Clay Studio, USA
    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
    under India Foundation For The Arts, Bangalore.
    2006 ICCR Travel Grant to lecture at Brisbane International Ceramics Conference, VERVE, Australia
    2007 INKO Travel Grant to lecture at 4th World Ceramics Biennale, Icheon Korea


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