The Studio 90 Collective by Sheherezade Alam brings to Lahore a two day exhibition: Our Clay Legacy
Internationally acclaimed ceramist Sheherezade Alam is set to exhibit the work of her collective at Studio 90, showcasing ten aspiring and established ceramists alongside herself on April 02 and 03 2016 from 11 AM – 6 PM at 90 Upper Mall in Lahore.Titled, Our Clay Legacy, The Studio 90 Collective as mentored by Sheherezade Alam, will be presenting the work of Amjad Ali Daudpota, Aqsa Khan, Afshan & Nosheen, Faiqa Lone, Ibtisam Saleem, Kalsoom Mehmood, Amna Shariff, Rabia Oneeb and Waseema Saleem. The two day open house will exhibit a collection of 150 pieces, ranging from jewellery to masks, bowls, pots and more.Our Clay Legacy reflects Sheherezade Alam’s continued drive to take ownership of, to celebrate, reinterpret and revive our regions rich clay heritage – one that is over 11000 years old and which dates back to the ancient civilizations of the Indus Valley and Harappa. It endeavours to connect the community with artists and establish an educational and social connection for the public, making accessible to them the value of our heritage.“The Studio 90 Collectives’ very ethos is one which rests of the need to re-learn how to be intimated with clay so we can breathe life again. Our vision is to engage with the five elements; earth, fire, water, air and ether to create vessels that relocate, reflect and preserve to continue what is vanishing– our clay heritage. Indeed Clay chose me so that the earth would dance in my hands. I have learned through this process everything that is important to know in life. The grand tradition and the contemporary are embedded in the vessels formed by these hands. These pots relocate reflect and preserve the continuity of the disappearing” said Sheherezade Alam.Sheherzade Alam is 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 works derive inspiration from the different pottery traditions of places that she travelled, such as Turkey, Iran, Greece, Italy, Japan, China, UK and Scandinavia. Currently her work is on display at a UNESCO funded exhibition called ‘Re-discovering Harappa’ at the Lahore Museum. Her work is in numerous private collections and public displays. Our Clay Legacy is the Studio 90 Collective’s first public show.