In conversation with Lekha Bhagat, a Potter 

“Even now I think of all my failures as my teachers… For they silently reveal how to improve a technique or reward ones experiments,” she says. For almost a decade Lekha worked to create what she calls “pots for everyday use” which was mainly functional tableware.

(Source: The Hindu)

Q IF YOU WERE A ROCK STAR WHO WOULD YOU BE??

A Sting

Q IF YOUR ART WAS AN ANIMAL WHICH WOULD IT BE ??

A Doggy/Otter

Q WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION ??

A I always wanted to do pottery, i kind of grew up with it. my mother had got us a stone wheel and a kiln in the garden, we used it until a snake skin was found in it.

Q DID YOU EVER QUESTION YOUR ART??

A Yes because financially it is very unrewarding

Q WAS THIS YOUR FIRST CAREER OPTION ??

A Pottery was a dream not a career option

Q IS A CAREER IN POTTERY A RISKY PROPOSITION ??

A Yes it remains risky because though costs have gone up the rewards haven’t particularly

Q WOULD MONETARY BENEFITS SUCH AS PENSIONS ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO TAKE UP ART ??

A Society needs artists but artists can’t sustain themselves so society should sustain them

Q IF YOU WERE TO BE REBORN WHO OR WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE ??

A Aung Sang Su Kyi

Q IF YOU COULD BE GOD FOR A DAY AND COULD DO NOTHING ABOUT PEACE, POVERTY AND THE NUCLEAR BOMB WHAT WOULD YOU DO ??

A I would want to enrich peoples lives and infuse a sense of the aesthetic in them

Q IF YOU COULD UN-INVENT ANYTHING WHAT WOULD IT BE??

A Plastic

Q TRANCE IS NONSENSE OR THE NEXT STEP ??

A Its hyper stressful nonsense

Q BEST SHOP TO BUY EQUIPMENT IN DELHI ??

A Stark and co on Rohtak Road or Delhi Blue Pottery on Ring road

Q IDEAL AGE TO START LEARNING POTTERY??

A Early teens you have to be able to kick the wheel or younger for clay modelling

Q ARE THEIR ANY INFORMATION AND RESOURCE CENTERS THAT YOUNG PEOPLE CAN REFER TO??

A Delhi Blue Pottery and national museum provide some amount of information. Ministry of Human Resources also provides fellowships