A LIFE Well Lived – A ceramic art exhibition

lilly2In the marshy swamps, with the rising sun
Blooms the LILY.
With its humble beginnings
The LILY is pure PRISTINE and perfect
Graceful in its divinity.
It is the flower of day n light, truth n virtue.
As the day wanes it falls and dies
Encompassing an entire life.
- Ruby Jhunjhunwala

Gyaan Adab inaugurated acclaimed ceramic artist Ruby Jhunjhunwala’s exhibition on the theme of LILIES on Saturday, September 20, 2014. The artist’s work has captured the short but meaningful life of the flowers and mirrored its beauty amidst harsh surroundings though her art. Ruby’s journey with clay started in 1972 with the world renowned Ceramic Artist DANIEL RHODES, in Alfred, USA, followed by a year of training in Delhi Blue Pottery under renowned studio Potters Late Gurcharan Singhji and Mansimran Singh. At present she leads the ADIPA team both in designing and executing murals.
After the opening Ruby Jhunjhunwala gave a talk on ‘Ceramic in Art and Industry’ while tracing the importance of the 10,000 year old craft in preserving the history of the evolution of mankind.
About her personal journey as a potter Ruby said, “I started with the wheel, the challenge then was to throw 100 mugs a day. Today I look at a vast surface and I instantly visualize a ceramic mural on it. The 4 elements - earth, fire, water and air take over my creativity and from a space of oneness flows a ceramic mural encompassing the clients theme and my ‘being’ as an artist. I am only a simple instrument bringing some order to the chaos created when the ‘Elements’ mingle.”
After a small introduction to studio pottery and the various techniques used in molding clay by the artist, the audience was invited to play with clay and let their creativity flow. The result was an interesting mix of work.

Ruby's artistic work enthralled the audience

Ruby's artistic work enthralled the audience

A view of the artist's work on Lillies

A view of the artist's work on Lillies

The Trustees of Gyaan Adab Mr and Mrs Merchant inaugurated the exhibition.

The Trustees of Gyaan Adab Mr and Mrs Merchant inaugurated the exhibition.

A curious patron of Gyaan Adab receiving the concept and process of the work from Ruby

A curious patron of Gyaan Adab receiving the concept and process of the work from Ruby

Ruby Jhunjhunwalla spoke about the history of studio pottery and her journey with clay

Ruby Jhunjhunwalla spoke about the history of studio pottery and her journey with clay

Ruby Jhunjhunwalla spoke about the history of studio pottery and her journey with clay

Ruby Jhunjhunwalla spoke about the history of studio pottery and her journey with clay

Ruby's stunning ceramic display

Ruby's stunning ceramic display

Mr Khare - Director Gyaan Adab thanking Ruby for sharing her work and experience.

Mr Khare - Director Gyaan Adab thanking Ruby for sharing her work and experience.

The audience was invited to play clay and let their creativity flow.

The audience was invited to play clay and let their creativity flow.

 

The artist through her work has captured the short but meaningful life of the flowers

The artist through her work has captured the short but meaningful life of the flowers

Ruby Jhunjhunwala’s exhibition on the theme of LILIES

Ruby Jhunjhunwala’s exhibition on the theme of LILIES