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Posted on : February 7, 2015

This year’s exhibition was titled Imaginarium and featured, amongst many, the following pieces in a large exhibition of work that also showcased board examination art work:

A creative piece using metal construction techniques and representing the world’s population was a mesmerizing experience for those who saw it by day and night:

Smoke Firing Workshop hosted in the Art and Media School
‘Everything around us is related to art in some way or the other. One form of art, which cannot exist without nature, is the art of smoke firing. Smoke firing is an ancient process of giving simple pots a completely different look. The usage of this process dates back to one of the oldest and most renowned civilizations, the Indus Valley Civilization or the Harrapan Civilization. The Harrapans are said to be the first people to actually introduce this form in the world and used it in order to decorate the pots they made. Since then the process has been used by many tribes in India.
This year’s exhibition was titled Imaginarium and featured, amongst many, the following pieces in a large exhibition of work that also showcased board examination art work:

A creative piece using metal construction techniques and representing the world’s population was a mesmerizing experience for those who saw it by day and night:

Smoke Firing Workshop hosted in the Art and Media School
‘Everything around us is related to art in some way or the other. One form of art, which cannot exist without nature, is the art of smoke firing. Smoke firing is an ancient process of giving simple pots a completely different look. The usage of this process dates back to one of the oldest and most renowned civilizations, the Indus Valley Civilization or the Harrapan Civilization. The Harrapans are said to be the first people to actually introduce this form in the world and used it in order to decorate the pots they made. Since then the process has been used by many tribes in India.
As far as the process of smoke firing is concerned, it is a rigorous task where a number of things are to be kept in mind. Once the pot is made, it is smoothly burnished with a stone, giving the surface a beautiful and a silky glow, which comes from within. The piece is allowed to dry. Then several layers of fine liquid clay called Terra Sigillata are applied and it is polished after each coat. The piece is next fired in an electric kiln to approximately 1000 degrees centigrade and is ready for smoke firing. For the smoke firing the pot is kept in a metal or a brick container which is filled with various things like sawdust of different textures, dry leaves, dry twigs, etc., and is allowed to slowly smoulder for several hours. Thus, after some time one can observe that the polished, unglazed surface will be richly marked by the smoke and the flame, imparting sensuality to the pieces.’
Mihir Gupta 378 K

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