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"PLAY OF CLAY" AT OSHO WORLD GALLERIA


“Play of Clay”, an exhibition of Studio pottery by Meena Vohra was launched at Osho World Galleria, Ansal Plaza the 8th of July. Renowned Odissi dancer Ranjana Gauhar and Ceramic artist P.R. Daroz launched the exhibition.

Osho, the enlightened mystic of the modern times, in His discourses brought out the essence of creativity as an expression of meditation.

Osho says, “Meditation brings your creativity to an expression. Whatsoever is hidden in you will become unhidden; whatsoever you are carrying within you will be sung, will be danced -- whatsoever it is. You will become a DHARMA-MEGHA”

“Play of Clay” is an extension of Osho World Galleria’s endeavour to bring aesthetics and art to our daily life, with pottery for everyday use, to serve food and drink as a ritual of sharing and celebrating the small things in life – a fine cup of tea, the whispering of wind through the bamboos, the tinkle of a chime, the warmth of togetherness. . .

A self-taught potter, Meena Vohra surrendered to supple clay in 1996. In her journey through the realm of clay, she has held two solo shows and a number of group exhibitions. Meena enjoys spreading her passion for clay. People from various walks of life work at her studio in Noida, sharing and enjoying the tactile magic of clay as a form of relaxation.

Her forte has been the experimentation with glazes and the fusion of glass on clay. Her work exhibits a particular flare for aqua tones and the serenity of pristine white.

Osho says, “The only way to be one with the creator is to be in some moment of creativity, when you are lost. The potter is lost in making his pottery; the potter is lost while working on the wheel. Those are the peak moments, where you touch God, where God touches you.”

The exhibition showcases teakettles, teacups and mugs, bowls, platters, vases and urns, incense holders, bells and chimes. The pieces explore various glazes in aqua hues of blue and green and the earthy tones of beige and brown, as well as remarkable shades of ivory and whites. Texturing through patterns such as bamboo, waves and ripples and simple lines add to the charm brought by the play of colors and create a very Zen appeal. Fused crackled glass adds another dimension to each form, just as the use of raw body in contrast to the highly glazed areas in some pieces adds a dynamic visual interest.

“Have you seen a potter making an earthen pot? He works with both the hands, one inside the pot, another outside. From the inside he goes on supporting, from the outside he goes on giving the shape. And the wheel is moving. By my talking I go on destroying your head. By my hands I go on supporting your heart, encouraging it to function more, encouraging it to beat naturally.” _OSHO


The exhibition was on till July 31.

Speeches of the artists

Ranjana Gauhar:
I know how to dance but not how to speak much but can communicate.

I am so pleased to see the beautiful work and I am honored to be here inaugurating this wonderful expressions. I congratulate the artist who has worked so hard. I am just remembering Kabir’s words. Osho was a wonderful interpreter of Kabir’s words. “Mati Kahe Kumar se”

So we are all going to be a part of that big universe. When I think of Osho, I remember his one line that creativity never ceases, every moment of your life there is creation going on and I believe that, I live that, I have experienced that.

With these words I thank you all, especially friends from Osho World for having invited me and giving me this wonderful opportunity to see this beautiful place and the beautiful expressions of the artist. All the best.

Meena Vohra:
What to say, I am so happy. I am very much thankful to Osho World who supported me and gave me so much of happiness. This is my 3rd solo show. The first one was at the Arpana Caur gallery and the second was at India Habitat Center. The joy that I got from this show is far higher than the previous ones. There is something special about this place and the people. While preparing for the exhibition and displaying, I have got what I wanted. I am really grateful to Osho World for being so supportive and so so loving and caring. The art has really taught me a lot and my family has been a very big support, without that I would not have reached where I am. I have along way to go and the best is yet to come. I am sure everything will go the right way. Thank you for coming and making this evening a pleasant one for me.

 
 


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