Who exactly

THIS STUDIO?

is

running

Her name is

VIVITSA KOHLI

She started an independent ceramic studio right after she graduated as an Industrial Designer specializing in Ceramic Design from NID in the January of 2019.

so, she's a potter?

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A comprehensive understanding of ceramic design involves many fields beyond the material understanding of how to produce ware. You need a kiln for firings, raw materials for making clay and glazes, infrastructure that allows one to perform specific tasks crucial to many techniques. Most of all, you need a functional understanding of how to source, manage, study and create products combining all these tasks simultaneously. All of this can be labelled under the tasks of a potter or a designer or an artist depending on the context.

who cares about labels, basically.

Banana Pattern

What's the studio like?

The studio is a community workspace as well as a multi-disciplinary teaching studio. Students take up long running projects applying the techniques they've learnt through basic courses and produce conceptual and functional ceramic. I use this space to explore ideas I want to introduce to the world. There's a lack of information and knowledge of this craft and material along with its endless possibilities in the Indian design community and culture. I'm trying to bridge the gap between pop culture and artisanal hand-made things, the joy of creating products you can use in your daily life.

Okay, and where is this studio?

It's in the Chandigarh tricity.

do they teach?

More accurately - in Panchkula.
Most accurately - Next to DT Mall(IT Park) and right in front of the Mansa Devi Mandir.

You can find them on Google Maps.

what if i don't live in chandigarh?

Yep, they offer lots of courses to local and non-locals. They have a residence quarter to house students who want to spend a number of days at the studio.

They're also very flexible with the amount of time you want to spend in residence-based courses. Anything from a weekend to 6 months can be adjusted for the students.

Since they're a community studio, they encourage students to "rent" the studio for their own ideas and projects. After learning the basics, students often have enough of an understanding to work without sustained guidance. They offer a cheaper arrangement for such cases.

Here's some details of different courses -

what about LOCALS though?

Local classes are adjusted on a monthly basis. Classes on weekdays and weekends are both a common event. They update class schedules on their channels frequently and are quick to reply to queries for classes.

They also entertain special workshop requests like scheduling classes for 4-5 students as a group to set their own class dates and time.

They've hosted kitty-party-workshops as well as clay-therapy classes. Apart from the basic exploration of this material, they're keen on looking into this craft as both a group activity as well as a method to calm the mind.

They have workshops that continue throughout the month where you can choose to work on specific projects for more than just one class.

Never having experienced clay before, is there a way I can explore the material without having to commit to classes?

They also have free workshops every now and then called Make it or Break it where you get to feel the material and then have to break your creation as a funny way of learning to let go.

They also have single attempt workshops where you come to learn a specific technique for a lower price.

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