Inspiration from Usha’s pots comes from the contrasts and vitality in the landscapes of the many countries I have visited over the years. The colours, textures and ruggedness of desert landscapes are explored using ceramic materials.
The forms, which are hand built, are fired in an electric kiln to 1270C. A coarse clay body is used to emphasize textures, which are further enhanced by slips, oxides and glazes.
Usha usually works in a series of 5 or 6 pots, triyng to depict a different mood in each of them. Many pieces are fired several times with more oxides and glazes applied to get the required textural effect.