Pottery is a large part of Pratibha’s repertoire along with painting. She came to pottery about 25 years ago. Its connection to the elements is what she loves. Her approach to pottery is to explore its interplay between the visual and tangible, concrete objects.
Her experience as a painter and former sculptor influences the shape and design of her pots. She treats clay as an opportunity to have a visual adventure and is always coming up with new forms and combinations.
She is the maker of Artful Vessels and the owner of Glencoe Ceramics which has a Japanese-style kiln, called an anagama. The kiln is named Tandava, meaning dance of fire in Sanskrit/Hindi. The kiln allows the artist to do frequent wood firings. Wood firings are close to Pratibha’s heart because the random strokes of the fire and ash – she sees the pots as the canvas, the ash as the paint and the fire as the brush – become an extension of her own spiritual and creative sources.