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Terracotta Painted Art--traditional Bengal reinterpreted

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These painted bowls are an experiment in channeling traditional painting techniques from India into something unique but also usable.This listing is for one large bowl, about 6 inches in diameter.

The props and groupings in the pictures are merely suggestive. I have used my own collection of bowls as jewelry trays, candleholders, trinket-cachepots, and table decor, in addition to traditional uses at Indian festivals.

If you are interested in these and wish to acquire any one of the available ones or desire a custom one, contact me. These bowls come in various sizes and can be painted in matching or coordinated sets. For a custom order, pricing and shipping will vary depending on size, number and time involved.

About this work:
I use simple terracotta bowls and paint them in traditional Bengali colors--ivory white, burnt sienna, deep red. Sometimes I use greens, yellows, or other colors drawn from nature. The motifs are from Bengal, India, the flowing patterns used at festivals and weddings. Women still paint patterns on the floor with their fingers and rice paste; I use my brush and these vessels of memory.

I try to make each item unique in its patterns, although most will follow a smiliar earthen and eastern color scheme. These are handmade and a labor of love; their imperfections, albeit small, will be part of their beauty.

I make these and other items in-between my spells of study because they give me joy. I'm listing this here at the urging of peers who think other people might be interested in them. Let me know what you think :)

Terracotta Painted Art--traditional Bengal reinterpreted


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