Here’s how you can give a creative twist to the ceramic cup

  • Etti Bali, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 20, 2016 18:18 IST
Artists have transformed the cups displayed at the exhibition into pieces of fine art.

It’s time to give your morning coffee ritual a creative twist. An exhibition, titled 400 Cups, showcases the humble cup designed in different shapes, glazes, and sizes. Featuring the works of nine ceramic artists and one traditional potter, the cups are a mix of whimsical and functional.

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Shirley Bhatnagar, organiser and artist, says, “Our idea was to take a very simple object which everyone can relate to, and make it special. While sculptures can be esoteric, a cup’s design is understood by everyone.” The exhibition showcases 400 different ways to transform the mundane cup into a form of fine art.

A Kama Sutra inspired cup designed by artist Suvajit Mondal.

A variety of quirky designs, including erotic art and animal figurines, are displayed on the cups. Artist and sculptor Suvajit Mondal, who has worked on a utility product for the first time, says, “I think that this is the first time an exhibition of this sort has been put together. A lot of artists have come together and the response has been good.”

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The entire process of making a ceramic cup, from designing to painting and final firing, takes at least 15 days. The cups at the exhibition are not just utility objects, but also pieces of art meant as keepsakes. “Each cup is a work of art, and some are meant to be kept as showpieces,” concludes Bhatnagar.

Catch It Live

What: 400 Cups, an exhibition
Where: Sanskriti Kendra, Anandgram, Aya Nagar, MG Road
When: August 21
Timing: On till 3pm
Nearest Metro Station: Arjangarh on Yellow Line

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