Lahore 2nd April 2016: Internationally acclaimed ceramist Sherezade Alam showcased her collective work at Studio 90 alongside more than ten aspiring and established ceramists. The 2 day exhibition titled Our Clay Legacy will exhibit the work of renowned artists like Amjad Ali Daudpota, Afshaan and Nosheen, Faiqa Leone, Ibtism, Saleem, Kulsoom Mehmood, Amna Shariff, Rabia Oneeb and Waseema Saleem. The open house exhibition comprised of more than 150 pieces creatively crafted from clay ranging from jewellery to masks to bowls pots and more.
The basic idea behind arranging this exhibition according to Sherezade is to revive our region’s rich clay heritage which dates back to as old as 11,000 years from the era of Indus Valley civilization and Harrapa. It endeavoured to connect the community with artists and establish an educational and social connection for the public to make them aware of the rich value of our heritage.
Talking to the press Sherezade is reported to have said “The Studio 90 Collectives, very ethos is one which rests of the need to relearn how to be intimated with clay so we can breathe life again. Our vision is to engage with five elements, earth, fire, water, air, and ether to create vessels that relocate, reflect and preserve to continue with what is vanishing, our clay heritage.”
The two day exhibition is in my opinion a great effort in reviving the rich cultural clay heritage that our region has. Such exhibitions should be taking place more often so that not only does it expose the rich talent of the local people and artists, but also will help in taking and promoting Pakistan’s culture internationally.
About Sherezade Alam:
Sherezade holds the honour of being the first person in south Asia to be elected to the membership of The International Academy of Ceramics, Switzerland who continues to mentor a generation of artists. An alumnus of the National College of Arts Lahore, where she majored in Design, her exposure to pottery came through regular visits to the Shahdara Pottery development Centre, during her college years and her early works were inspired by the vernacular pottery forms. Her later work derives inspiration from the various pottery traditions around the globe, specifically of places she travelled such as Turkey, Iran, Greece, Itlay, Japan, China, UK and Scandinivia. Currently her work is on display at a UNESCO funded exhibition called Rediscovering Harrapa at the Lahore Museum. Her work is also on display at various public and private displays.