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Usha Garodia

Gurgaon, India 4 Followers

About Artist

I used to paint since childhood. My father, Shri Badrivishal Pitti, was an avid art collector, so I grew up with all forms of art around me. Mr M F Husain was a close friend of my father and often stayed with us in Hy...

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I used to paint since childhood. My father, Shri Badrivishal Pitti, was an avid art collector, so I grew up with all forms of art around me. Mr M F Husain was a close friend of my father and often stayed with us in Hyderabad. Watching him paint left a deep impression on me.
After marriage, I moved to Delhi and joined Triveni Kala Sangam. Later in 1983, when they opened a ceramic department, I enrolled because ceramics had always fascinated me. Although this shut down very soon, I had touched clay, and it was I who was moulded! I brought home some clay and started making vases. A friend took me to Delhi Blue Pottery. I started going there for glazing and firing. Mr Mansimran Singh taught me the technicalities and encouraged me a lot.
The immense potential and creativity within a lump of clay fills me with wonder and joy. Ceramics is one of the most thrilling art form where the artist is never in full control. The fire totally transforms my offering into a gift, leaving me awestruck and humbled.
When I work with clay, I am in harmony with the five elements – earth is mixed with water, space is filled with form, air dries it, and the fire gives it strength.
I have always been awed by the incredible beauty of nature. It never ceases to inspire me, reflecting as it does, the many aspects of divinity, and fills me with ineffable calm, serenity and wholeness. It is this essence of spirituality and creativity I strive to express through my work. I thank God for this passion.

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  • About Artist

    I used to paint since childhood. My father, Shri Badrivishal Pitti, was an avid art collector, so I grew up with all forms of art around me. Mr M F Husain was a close friend of my father and often stayed with us in Hyderabad. Watching him paint left a deep impression on me.
    After marriage, I moved to Delhi and joined Triveni Kala Sangam. Later in 1983, when they opened a ceramic department, I enrolled because ceramics had always fascinated me. Although this shut down very soon, I had touched clay, and it was I who was moulded! I brought home some clay and started making vases. A friend took me to Delhi Blue Pottery. I started going there for glazing and firing. Mr Mansimran Singh taught me the technicalities and encouraged me a lot.
    The immense potential and creativity within a lump of clay fills me with wonder and joy. Ceramics is one of the most thrilling art form where the artist is never in full control. The fire totally transforms my offering into a gift, leaving me awestruck and humbled.
    When I work with clay, I am in harmony with the five elements – earth is mixed with water, space is filled with form, air dries it, and the fire gives it strength.
    I have always been awed by the incredible beauty of nature. It never ceases to inspire me, reflecting as it does, the many aspects of divinity, and fills me with ineffable calm, serenity and wholeness. It is this essence of spirituality and creativity I strive to express through my work. I thank God for this passion.

    The World Of Mojarto: Usha Garodia's Layered Ceramics

    Ceramic artist Usha Garodia creates works that fall far outside the often conventional wisdom of the craft. Her pieces are semi-abstract, hinting at a subject rather than stating it, and they are steeped in a long personal history. Here, we follow the artist as she creates a new work, tells us about some of her pieces on Mojarto.com, and shares some stories from her personal history with artist MF Husain.

  • Academics

    I was born in Hyderabad, India. I graduated from Osmania University.

    Ceramic Background:
    Started working with clay in 1983.
    Trained under Mr. Mansimran Singh at Delhi Blue Pottery.
    Conducted Paper Kiln Workshops.
    Residencies:
    Worked at the Jingdezhen Sculpture Factory in 2009, 2012, 2013 & 2015.

  • Exhibitions

    Solo Shows:
    2017 – Visual Arts Gallery, IHC, New Delhi
    2016 - Bauhiniyaa Art Gallery, Nagpur
    2014 - Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad
    2012 - Paharpur Art Gallery, New Delhi
    2010 - Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
    2010 - Birla Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
    2010 - Alliance Francaise, New Delhi
    2007 - India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
    2004 - Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi
    2003 - Mirabelle, Boston, USA
    2003 - Gallery Twenty Five, New Delhi
    1998 - Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai
    1997 - Gallery Twenty Five, New Delhi
    1996 - Obsession Art Gallery, Kolkata
    1992 - Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
    1989 - Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata
    1986 - Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
    1985 - Saundarya Kala Kendra, Hyderabad


    Group Shows:
    Participated in 25 group shows.

  • Award & Recognition

    Awards:
    2016 - ‘Cha Dao-The Way of Tea’ at Golden Teapot Competition, Taiwan
    2014 - ‘Opening of the Divine Consciousness’ at Golden Teapot Competition, Taiwan
    2012 - ‘The Tree of Life’ at Shanghai Biennial, China
    2012 - ‘Flight to Freedom’ at Shanghai Biennial, China
    2010 - ‘The Journey Within’ at Shanghai Biennial, China
    2010 - ‘Road to Wisdom’ at Shanghai Biennial, China

    All the entries submitted in both Biennials were selected and featured in the Shanghai Biennial Catalogus.

    The 2016 entry was purchased by the organizing committee of the Golden Teapot Competition, Taiwan, for their museum.

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