Artist Anju Kumar, 48, has been assigned to make planters for the VIP boxes and F1 track for the upcoming Formula One in Delhi, which will take place in the last week of October. “They liked my designs and I will be making around 150 planters for F1,” says Kumar. The artist makes the planters with terracotta in white stone finish with a metallic rim on the top. Kumar never thought that she would become a potter one day. The only training she ever took in pottery was during her school days in class 11 and 12. In 1988, she got an offer from a family friend to make planters for an upcoming hotel in Delhi. “I took on the offer as a challenge and went ahead with it. It was a great learning experience,” says Kumar.
Two years after that assignment, Kumar held her first show in Delhi. “At that time, pottery was not a well-known art form and it was considered very mundane. This further motivated me to experiment with this medium.” The artist now works with a range of mediums and makes pots, planters, sculptures, garden furniture, and ceramic paintings. She also has an upcoming exhibition in town. Titled, Reflections, the exhibition will be showcased at Kumar’s studio in Gurgaon. The collection includes urns, vases, Ganeshas, pillars, sculptures and lamps.
“The collection is highly experimental. I have worked not only on different materials, but also on different shapes and sizes,” she says. All the pieces are for sale and are priced between Rs 200 to Rs 2 lakhs.
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What: Reflections, a pottery exhibition
When: October 1 - October 4 (11am to 7pm)
Where: Anmol Studio, C-55A, South City 1, Gurgaon
Nearest metro station: Huda City Center on the yellow line