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A Clay based Business

Not your regular design studio, Curators of Clay is best described as a pursuit of happiness, beauty and peace, with handcrafted ceramics being their medium of choice.

Ceramic Water Bottles

Individually crafted, glazed and high-fired bottles.

Bespoke Works

A commissioned grey palette set for a restaurant.

Unglazed Works

Yakishime means it`s high-fired but unglazed - letting the original clay texture show through the brushstrokes.

Teapot Set

A Yakishime teapot with slip brushwork.

An Experiment with Metals

For the most part the business works only with clay, venturing into unknown territory only once before to create handles made of brass and copper through a series of trial and error.

Developing new colour palettes

A limited edition collection of our hand-rolled platters in hues ranging from blush pinks to moody greys.

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Showcase 26 Nov 2018

Musings on Mud: Curators of Clay, the ceramic business built on the pursuit of happiness and beauty

Founded by Rohit Kulkarni and Bhairavi Naik, Bhugaon based studio “Curators of Clay” specialises in high-quality, handcrafted ceramics. They met at a studio in Mumbai back when they both had more “practical” professions and pottery was just a hobby. Having discovered that they both wanted to do clay work full time, they quit their jobs and took the plunge, creating ready-to-order and bespoke ceramics while garnering quite the reputation in the artisanal world.

Mud has always played an indispensable role in different societies and economic fields. From the arts to architecture to wellness, the significance of mud is undeniable considering it's presence in a variety of contexts.

A Clay based Business

Not your regular design studio, Curators of Clay is best described as a pursuit of happiness, beauty and peace, with handcrafted ceramics being their medium of choice.

Rohit Kulkarni, who once worked in radio, television and film, along with Bhairavi Naik, a biochemistry postgraduate, MBA and former senior VP at Saatchi & Saatchi, turned a pottery hobby into a thriving ceramics business. Upon discovering that they both wanted to set up niche ceramic studios, and that they shared similar aesthetic tastes, they decided to combine their efforts and thus, Curators of Clay came to be. Described as “a pursuit of happiness, beauty and peace” Curators of Clay creates ceramics that are handcrafted, high-fired and glazed in-house.

“Craftsmanship is not valued or even given the right premium. Somehow, handicrafts has to come to mean a bargain buy in our country.”

The small studio in Bhugaon, Maharashtra sees clay transformed into minimalist tableware and homeware in earthy and muted tones. Apart from ready to order items, Curators of Clay also creates bespoke pieces for a variety of clients ranging from homeowners, restaurateurs, chefs and art collectors.

Ceramic Water Bottles

Individually crafted, glazed and high-fired bottles.

Bespoke Works

A commissioned grey palette set for a restaurant.

The Production Cycle

The process of conceptualising a collection to actually producing it can take between three to five weeks. With the studio being an open-air space, the weather also plays a part in a product’s realisation. The pieces are created by the founders without the help of other craftsmen. While Rohit and Bhairavi are obviously passionate about pottery, producing a large number of ceramics is quite the undertaking. They mention, “it's physically exhausting especially if you're committed to the time honoured processes of handcrafting the ceramics.” Finding skilled labour has also proved to be challenging for the duo, expressing that it’s not as easy as people think to work with traditional potters. They add, “Maybe it's our aesthetic and attention to detail, but we find there's a huge gap in terms of sheer effort and commitment to these parameters in the traditional sector. Plus, as a culture, working with your hands is not given enough importance. Craftsmanship is not valued or even given the right premium. Somehow, handicrafts has to come to mean a bargain-buy in our country. Things are definitely changing for the better and we hope we not only benefit from this change but that we are part of those bringing about that change.”

Unglazed Works

Yakishime means it`s high-fired but unglazed - letting the original clay texture show through the brushstrokes.

Teapot Set

A Yakishime teapot with slip brushwork.

“It's physically exhausting especially if you're committed to the time honoured processes of handcrafting the ceramics.”

Growing Curators of Clay

Curators of Clay aims at being counted amongst the best global ceramicists. They intend to scale up but make it clear that it won’t be at the cost of what initially got them started – the joy of crafting beautiful things. “We are and will always be craftspersons first, that's who we are and that's what we love doing.”

An Experiment with Metals

For the most part the business works only with clay, venturing into unknown territory only once before to create handles made of brass and copper through a series of trial and error.

Developing new colour palettes

A limited edition collection of our hand-rolled platters in hues ranging from blush pinks to moody greys.

Curators of clay ships worldwide and employs a webshop that gets restocked every month though products typically get sold out within a day. 

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