All the work is designed and handmade by Ruchi Gupta in her ceramic studio at Richmond, Virginia.
Paulus Berensohn - Finding one's way with clay is a technical question: in what way, i.e method do I want to work? It is also a question of style: How do I want the piece to look? And it is a spiritual question as well: How do I relate?......
Birds at noon is Ruchi's studio where ideas get tangible form through clay.
I was born and raised in India, in a small town called Ajmer, in Rajasthan. My dream was to live in an invisible house, read books and draw for a living.... but reality took it's toll and I ended up climbing winding staircase of corporate world.
After wandering around the grey corridors for a decade, a little bird inside me led me back to my childhood dream. I got introduced to this amazing world of creating and making where you can give shape to your ideas. I call it Birds at Noon....
Today, I am a full time ceramic artist, working in clay, drawing, painting, reading and learning to open windows of my invisible house.
My Work I am on a journey of exploration, expression and creation; trying to find my way through clay. I do not strive for perfection, but be led by the flow, which I get being in that moment.
Mythology, symbols, text, antiques, cultures and history intrigue me. I am drawn to the richness of color, texture and architecture.
My designs are the borrowings from my upbringing in India, the swatch of colors that fill my memory. The drawings are the objects and places that aroused my curiosity. Every layer tells a story, which I experienced in making and living.
To be open to the needs of growth: to ripen as clay ripens, through geology and the weathering of the storms. Ira ProGoff says ~ It is not a trip but a whole journey....
Birds at Noon Journey
It started with once a week pottery class at Allen county community college, to 32 miles trip for Lynn Armstrong class, to every day class at Brookhaven college in dallas Tx. One door lead to the other, and the appetite for learning just grew stronger. I found many mentors along the way ~ Lisa Ehrich, Susan Mollet and Chris Blackhurst. As Einstein said, "That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.”
Reality struck hard when we moved to Richmond Va, life without clay seemed like a rude awakening. I had invested in studio space, furniture, equipments and tools but soon figured out that it was not enough to get me rolling. I needed a project, some deadline and stress (yes) to be productive. So, I booked a show at India festival in Washington DC, (without any product line). The strategy did worked, I sweated and struggled but I had my first collection by May. It was well received at the festival and I was juried in as a resident artist at Crossroads art centre. It also helped me internalize my week spots, one was my forming method. I took more workshops to improve on that and finally Riki Greenspan introduced me to plaster and mold making. That was a new beginning...
Make some mistakes, learn from them, make again and learn more.... That is how things went for a while, until time came to build up pressure again for reality testing. Juried for Arts in the park and came up with my first porcelin collection ~ small serves, Bottle lanterns, bowls. Learned photography with them. The pictures juried me into NC Raliegh Handmade market . Made more designs, shapes and styles. Met lot of interesting, warm, kind and generous people on my way.
Richmond magazine, R.Home Jan - Feb 2014 issue showcased me in the "top 10 hot list" of people, places and THINGS. That was first time being in a magazine. Well, next - was to get selected as emerging artist on Wholesalecrafts. Next - Work, Work and Work ~ YES!! love this part.
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Camus says, a work of art is a confession. Nietzsche considers it a proper task of life. For me it is finding my ways through life......what do you say? Let`s talk.