Charan Sachar is one of the talented people I met serendipitously on Facebook and so glad I discovered this talented potter.
Charan, who now lives in Seattle, has lived in India for a significant part of his life where his mother ran a boutique designing clothes for brides and bridesmaids. The colors, fabrics, embroidery and designs he came across then has had a strong impact on his work now.
He uses a combination of techniques such as wheel throwing, extrusions, slab constructions and alterations to create his forms. Each piece is then further decorated free hand with underglazes and slip to give it the textured feel of embroidered fabric. Some pieces go through multiple firings to give it more depth of color and texture.
Platter for Crackers ~ Serving tray
Oktoberfest Beer Stein ~ Big Coffee Mug
His work also reflects his love for Bollywood movies and his fascination with life in India. He strives to give life to clay, decorating it with Indian influences keeping functionality and uniqueness in mind.
Love the detailing in his work!
Dancing Divas~ Inspired by Bollywood.
Charan says,'Pottery has given me the much needed respite from the monotony of everyday life. Working with clay and giving it form feels as satisfying as organizing and bringing peace to all the chaos that is there around me.
My goal is to continue to work with this medium to create art work which is cherished for life.'
Today Rang Decor Reader Meena Sriram shares few creative corners of her 1700 sq.ft town home in Ottawa, Canada.
Vintage art prints...
Meena explains, 'I wanted to create a light- filled home that is serene, relaxing, with an airy breezy feel and lots of punchs of colour'.
Living room view...
She has used a lot of different natural textures to bring a homey feel, sisal rugs, bamboo blinds, a lot of old art prints carefully handpicked from antique stores in Chettinad, reframed and hung in groups.
Dining area with her favourite blackboard and art prints...
She continues, 'I’ve also tried to keep it very simple, functional and clutter free. Plenty of plants and books are a must! Its been a year since we moved in and I’ve pretty much worked with what I had without spending much.'
Knots & crosses and books...
Meena feels homes don’t have to be perfect but they should be original and personal. She loves inspirational quotes, and blackboards, so they're all over her place.
She has a thing for old world charm, so she has tried incorporating plenty of vintage and flea market finds.
The old radio in the kitchen, the pickle jars and chettinad tiles...
She believes it is important to always choose things that are meaningful to you as opposed to what is trendy at the moment and feels you don’t need to have a lot of money to create a beautiful home, just a little creativity, quirkiness and adding that personal touch makes it your own!
I agree, your lovely home is proof of that. Thanks for sharing few corners of your home with readers of Rang Decor.
If you have any questions for Meena do ask in the comments section. Thank you.
Last week saw us visit the beautiful Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, devour traditionally prepared South Indian lunches served on banana leaves and get lost in a tropical haven created by Geoffery Bawa.
Heritage Madurai is a 17-acre resort originally called the Madurai Club and was designed by the famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffery Bawa. Bawa's style of blending indoor & outside spaces is evident through out the resort.
Locally sourced materials and natural elements makes this place very unique. Bawa's disciple Vinod Jayasinghe has restored this resort to it's former glory by blending tradition with modern luxuries.
Granite used liberally at the resort.
Intricately carved door at the reception area.
Reception area with antique wicker work chair.
Entrance lobby with fresh floating flowers in a granite urli.
Lotus leaves growing tall at the entrance area.
'Frangipani' trees framing the Luxury Villas.
Granite pillars and furniture at the Luxury Villas.
Traditional wooden doors and granite formed the main design in the room.
Our very own plunge pool with Frangipani tree!
Do we really need to head back home?
Temple Tank inspired pool at dusk.
Dining area at dusk.
Geoffery Bawa~ I really adore your style. Madurai ~ I enjoyed your rich culture.