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Ceramic Artist Kritika Soni On Finding Perfection Through The Window Of Imperfection

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  •  July 11, 2018

Delhi-based Kritika Soni received her master’s degree in textile design from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. On returning to her hometown, she worked as a textile designer that paid her well. It, however, turned out unsatisfactory for her. 

What answered her quest was the weekend pottery classes that she attended while working. She loved it so much that she decided to quit her job and become a potter. There were challenges – a goodbye to a stable salary and learning about a new profession from scratch. But she persisted.

She began her brand Kara Sabi, the foundation for which lies in the Japanese art of imperfection Wabi Sabi. She creates beauty out of ‘imperfect’ objects with the art of minimalism. She creates her work in a community studio in South Delhi.

Finding beauty in imperfection, using Wabi-Sabi in personal life, initial challenges and more, Kritika told us all in a recent conversation. Read excerpts:

The Japanese art of imperfection, Wabi Sabi, is the foundation of your brand. How have you weaved it into your personal life? 

Subconsciously, it has been inculcated in me that it is okay to be flawed, it has taught me acceptance. Small things like accepting my appearance, letting go of things that may seem imperfect to me, the invisible strength within that now in troublesome situations says, “it’s gonna be okay”. It has become an attitude.

And, is there an imperfection or hurdle, as we say, of your entrepreneurship story that you celebrate now the most?

Before starting Kara Sabi, I was working as an interior designer at a company that paid me quite well. There was fear in me to let go of the stable job. I had absolutely no idea how ceramic art works in India,  the market, the sourcing, the thought made me apprehensive of the “imperfection” I was going towards. But there was a voice in my head that told me to go for it, and I did. And, this definitely is something I celebrate the most.

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89 Likes, 1 Comments – KARA SABI | Kritika Soni (@karasabi_) on Instagram: “#handmade #handbuilt #stoneware #ceramics #clay #art #homedecor #texture #pattern #patina…”

So, what is the creative process like? Also, following the art of minimalism, how do you know when to stop beautifying further?

My work is driven by my mood. I make what my heart tells me to. The process starts with a rough sketch, drawings, doodles of what I have on my mind.  And, from the very moment I start making, I never stick to the plan! The process and end result often give me beautiful surprises. The process is generally like a hit and trial method for me. Not that I am absolutely clueless, there is a small percentage of planning but I do intend to look for surprises. And, that’s also because I don’t work on collections.

#handmade #handbuilt #stoneware #ceramics #clay #art #homedecor #texture #pattern #patina #slowdesign #wabisabi #marks #interiordecor #vase #tabledecor #homewares #rustic #contemporaryceramics #ceramicart #karasabi #madeinindia #CREmerging #handmadegifts #potteryforall

95 Likes, 2 Comments – KARA SABI | Kritika Soni (@karasabi_) on Instagram: “#handmade #handbuilt #stoneware #ceramics #clay #art #homedecor #texture #pattern #patina…”

It’s a bit tricky to know when to stop, so I constantly remind myself that it’s time to assess the product.

So, do you ever intend to work on collections?

Never say never, but in the near future, not really. The concept of creating a collection doesn’t work for me. I make with my understanding of the market and the audience.

How do you decide the textures? 

I go with abstract textures. There’s nothing specific that I follow. I love mixing things and creating new textures, and, I feel that’s the beauty. I love it all abstract.

Please open this window of creative insanity a bit more for us.

When I see unfinished edges, anything rugged, or anything imperfect, it gives me happiness and satisfaction. The roughness, creases – these nuances in handmade work is my sanity, at an insane level.

#WIP #handmade #handbuilt #stoneware #ceramics #clay #art #homedecor #texture #pattern #patina #slowdesign #wabisabi #tableware #rustic #ceramicart

95 Likes, 1 Comments – KARA SABI | Kritika Soni (@karasabi_) on Instagram: “#WIP #handmade #handbuilt #stoneware #ceramics #clay #art #homedecor #texture #pattern #patina…”

What are the tools that complete your imperfectly perfect artwork?

I collect a lot of sound objects, random things that have texture, and standard tools like cutting wires, knives, shaver, roller, and paint brushes for the second stage of creation.

Tell us about a dream that you would like to turn into clay art?

I dream of travelling so I would like to go places and make pieces of their art and culture or any other beautiful aesthetics that the place holds.

Before we sign off, tell us about the Insta artists you follow.

 Lesley Mcinally, Alison Fraser, Alex McCarthy, and Jonathan Mess.

Thank you for the feature @platformagazine (Link in Bio) . . #Repost @platformagazine with @get_repost ・・・ Ceramicist @kritikasoni of Kara Sabi shares her design philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection through personalised pieces that she creates. #KaraSabi #ceramics #art #designer #sculpture #decor #platform @kara_sabi #wabisabi #Design

89 Likes, 3 Comments – KARA SABI | Kritika Soni (@karasabi_) on Instagram: “Thank you for the feature @platformagazine (Link in Bio) . . #Repost @platformagazine with…”

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