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About Me

I used to paint since childhood. My father, Shri Badrivishal Pitti, was an avid art collector, so I grew up with all forms of art around me. Mr. M.F. Hussain was a close friend and often stayed with us in Hyderabad. Watching him paint left a deep impression on me.

After marriage, I moved to Delhi and joined Triveni Kala Sangam. Later in 1983, when they opened a ceramic department, I enrolled because ceramics had always fascinated me. Although this shut down very soon, I had touched clay, and it was I who was moulded!

The immense potential and creativity within a lump of clay fills me with wonder and joy. Ceramics is the most thrilling art form where the artist is never in full control. The fire totally transforms my offering into a gift, leaving me awestruck and humbled.

When I work with clay, I am in harmony with the five elements – earth is mixed with water, space is filled with form, air dries it, and fire gives it strength.

I have always been awed by the incredible beauty of nature. It never ceases to inspire me, reflecting as it does, the many aspects of divinity, and fills me with ineffable calm, serenity, and wholeness. It is this essence of spirituality and creativity I strive to express through my work. I thank God for this passion.

Process

I roll out thin slabs to create different sculptural forms. It is then fired in an electric kiln. The glaze is applied thereafter and again it is fired. The process is the same in wheel-thrown works where I alter and embellish it.

I work with a variety of clays like porcelain, ball clay, terracotta etc. I make my own clay and experiment extensively with glazes. I like to work with different techniques in form and firing.

Residencies

Worked at the Jingdezhen Sculpture Factory, China in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015 & 2017.

Awards

2018- “Zivjeli” at an International Competition in Croatia.

2017- “The River Opera” at an International Competition in Italy.

2017- “Vampire… or Van Gogh” at an International Competition in France.

2016- ‘Cha Dao-The Way of Tea’ at Golden Teapot Competition, Taiwan

2014- ‘Opening of the Divine Consciousness’ at Golden Teapot Competition, Taiwan

2012- ‘The Tree of Life’ at Shanghai Biennial, China

2012- ‘Flight to Freedom’ at Shanghai Biennial, China

2010- ‘The Journey Within’ at Shanghai Biennial, China

2010- ‘Road to Wisdom’ at Shanghai Biennial, China

Solo Shows

2017Bauhiniyaa Art Gallery, Nagpur

2017 – Visual Arts Gallery, India     Habitat Centre, New Delhi

2016Bauhiniyaa Art Gallery, Nagpur

2014Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad

2012Paharpur Art Gallery, New Delhi

2010Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

2010Birla Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

2010Alliance Francaise, New Delhi

2007- India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

2004 – Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi

2003 – Mirabelle, Boston, USA

2003 – Gallery Twenty Five, New Delhi

1998 – Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai

1997 – Gallery Twenty Five, New Delhi

1996 – Obsession Art Gallery, Kolkata

1992 – Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

1989 – Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata

1986 – Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

1985 – Saundarya Kala Kendra, Hyderabad

I have also participated in 26 group shows.

Testimonials

“Controlled hues, shows command over medium.”

M.F. Husain

Artist

Excellent Work.

Akbar Padamsee

Artist

I am delighted to see Usha’s ceramic works. They are among the finest examples of perfect control & sensitive creativity which is rare for any Indian artist to work in a foreign medium-ceramics.

Jagdish Mittal

Founder, Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art

I have been seeing your work for quite a few years, but this is the first time I have seen so much at a time. I am deeply impressed by your work - imagination, creativity, and style. I can only say congratulations.

Devi Prasad

Artist

Innovative, evocative, a lot of good work – so much of it; it is truly amazing.

Ashok Vajpeyi

Poet