Sunday, April 06, 2014

Whiteness of white | Stillness of mind.

I recently got on instagram.
Where I can share moments in the form of visuals instantly.
No fuss. No downloading from the camera.
Just click on your phone and click to upload.
It's a lot of fun.

But...
Strangely when I want to slow down. Reflect. Muse. Take a step back.
I always seem to find comfort in the pace of writing a post on my dear blog which has been sitting silently like the rose bush under all the white snow that has been layering it for the last few months.
Time has come for it to sprout.
…and so has the time for revival.

When one lives in a place where winters take up most of the time in a year.
It takes a slight shift in thinking, working, living.
This spring I complete a whole year of being consumed by a passion called pottery.
It has been my creative anchor during all the snow storms and polar vortexes that we experienced this winter.

Here is a tribute to all the whites we have been seeing in the last few months and an interesting Podcast about Seeking Stillness and Silence in the Rush of Business Life by Pico Iyer.












Spring is finally here after a fierce battle with winter and I hope to share loads of colours in various forms:-)
Stay tuned. Hope to spend more time here.
If you do want to see some instant visuals from me, do check out my Instagram profile here
Have a great weekend!
( Images by Arch)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Latest creations...

I think I got slightly better at making thinner walls on bowls this summer. 


I managed a garlic holder with a lid:-)
A double glaze 'khulhad' for chai...


 Spiralling design...


 A made two mugs!


 White bowls for fresh cherries...

(Images by Arch)


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

365 days in the United States of America.

Today we complete a year in this country.
Words. Many.
Four Seasons in that order: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.
Maple, Oak, Crabapple, Black Ash, Acorns, Birch.
Bunnies, Squirrels, Chipmunks, Deer.
Leaves. Leaves, Leaves.
Cartons, 40' Container, Furniture, House, Home.
Apple Cider, Pumpkins, Candy Corns, Costumes, Squash, Turkey.
Halloween, Thanksgiving.
State Fairs, Garage Sales, Thrift Stores, Antiques.
Cheese Curds, Choco Chip Cookies, Hot dogs, Food on a stick.
Stop, Right of way, Merge, Freeway, Left hand Drive.
Gallons, Pounds, Ounces.
Coupons, Coupons. Coupons.
Kale, Chard, Collards, Cilantro.
Duvet, Sham, Comforter, Twin, King, Queen.
Blue Jay, Chickadee, Robins, Ravens, Cardinals.
Snow, Sleet, Wintery Mix, Frost.
Skid, Slip, Glide, Slide, Hydroplaning.
Snowmen, Sledging, Snow-pants, Mittens, Fleece, Down, Boots.
Pine, Spruce, Cedar.
Christmas: Fairy lights, Wreath, Reindeers, Carols, Egg Nog.
Snow, Snow, Snow.
Home Depot, DIY.
Road trips, Day trips.
Sonic, Subway, Wendy's, DQ, McDonalds.
Lunds & Byerly's, Cub, Walgreens, CVS.
Frozen Rotis, Samosa, Tikkis, Naans.
Golden Temple Atta, Swad, Nirav, Deep.
Blossoms: Cherry, Apple, Apricot.
Pink, White, Cream, Yellow, Green.
Summer Camps, Sleep overs, Playdates.
Farmer's Markets, Barbecues, Block Parties, Neighbourhood Parties, Picnics.
Pottery: Clay, Wheel, Glaze, Firing, Kiln.
Super Bowl, Base ball, Soccer.
Series, Seasons, Episodes.
Lakes, Lakes, Lakes.
Biking, Walking, Running.
Ikea, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Amazon.
Lilacs, Hydrangea, Peonies, Begonias, Lilies.
Georgia, Florida, California.
Stillwater, North Shores, Duluth.
Lake Superior, Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun.
World, US, India.
Caucasians, Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, Indians.
Obama, DOMA, Nirbhaya, Boston Marathon, Zimmerman, Prince George, Telangana.
Saavn, NPR, KS95.
Skype, Facebook.
BLR-MSP.
31July, 2012-31July, 2013.
A Lifetime.
365 Days. Words. Many...

Images many: Minnesota: A new chapter.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Pottery progress...

At the end of my Spring session of pottery lessons, I came home with a few small pieces which were fired proof of my elementary accomplishment in this beautiful creative craft.

Lots of imperfections, but loved creating each and every piece.
 A tiny planter for my jade plant.

 My first plate with a blue glaze.
 A crazy glaze on my first cup.

A not so perfect wall was turned into a pout bowl;-)

(Images by Arch)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Spring poetry...

The season that makes you whisper to yourself...
Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...  ~Susan Polis Shutz
 The weeping willow...

Dandelions galore...



 Super saturated green everywhere...

 Crabapple Blossoms...

These so remind me of honeysuckle back home. Does anyone know the name of this pink flower?
Our backyard is coming to life with these stunning flowers, the Lilac.

 The fragrance is delightful.
 I stopped for a while below the Crabapple tree to take in the beauty of the fallen petals.
 ...brought a few sprigs of the season indoors.
(Images by Arch)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Keep Calm and Throw Clay.

That's what I have been doing for the last few weeks.
I have been taking pottery classes and thought of doing a photo shoot with some of my amateur creations.
 A tiny beaker.


A bowl.

I am just a very happy person today.
When you do the glaze you just say a little prayer and hope it will turn out the way you expect it to be.
This one has just surprised me!
These ones are from my first class. Will try and share more as I get better:-)

( Images by Arch)

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Muir Woods National Monument, California.

We visited Muir Woods during our California trip. A lovely 12 miles drive from San Francisco.

Enveloped in a green blanket of the majestic Coastal Redwood trees, we walked into it's enchanting world. A meditative world.

A visual post this one.























(Images by Arch)