With an enriching experience of 17-18 years in glass
blowing, Mukherjee waxes eloquent on her passion for
this art form. To me glass blowing is spontaneous
creativity. The inherent natural beauty and expressiveness
of the material is in itself a source of inspiration.
When I start, I can control the line and colour of
any given piece, but ultimately the resulting form
is collaboration between my blowing skills and the
forces of nature. I am always excited to see results
as they happen
Dedicated to her art, she works tirelessly hours at
an end at her workshop Aakriti, established in 1988.
Prior to this she graduated in ceramics from the National
Institute of Design and apprenticed with Anthony Stern
in London to hone her designer skills.
She admits, Though various influences have
played their part, my work is not derived from any
particular personal political or economic narrative.
It is primarily based on form, colour and interplay
with the immediate environment, and should be viewed
for the ability to enhance the space it exists in.
With a twinkle in her eye, she reveals, I want
to try out glass blowing and casting together as well
as separately in future.
Mukherjee is aware that she is probably the first
artist to pursue this unique form of artistic expression
in India. In the West, glass blowing is well-received
because of the demand and supply there. In our country,
we have to create an interest among people by opening
schools and introducing courses on the subject.
Till this happens, the solitary love affair between
the artist and her chosen medium continues.
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