April 2017

Moving Light and Sound Through Ceramics

Born in Mumbai, Madhvi Subrahmanian is an artist, curator, and writer. She trained in ceramics in Pondicherry India and obtained her Masters in Fine Arts from Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas, TX. She currently lives and works between Mumbai and Singapore.

Madhvi has been awarded the Charles Wallace Grant among others. She has been invited to several artists in residence programs in Japan, China, Korea, India, Thailand, and the US. Madhvi has also worked as a freelance arts writer for Singapore Press holdings and writes for international art journals. Additionally, she has curated residency programs and exhibitions in Singapore, India, and the US. She has sculptures and installations in the Mumbai Domestic Airport, India, Shigaraki Ceramic Sculptural Park, Japan, and Fule museum in Fuping, China.


Madhvi’s works have been published in international magazines, and in books. She shows with Gallery Chemould in Mumbai, Indigo Blue in Singapore and has participated in many solo and group exhibitions around the world. Most recently she was invited to be part of the first Ceramic Biennale at Henan Museum in China.


For her residency, Madhvi has decided to explore a few “mixed media” techniques with her clay. Some of the experiments involve a moving light, some involve resin, and also integrating images and objects into the clay structure. We will be doing many of these experiments together.


If you want to come and check us out, and see the light, the structures or the material we are experimenting with, do drop us a line first. Either through the “contact” page or by calling 9273 4991.


There will be an open studio to discuss the result of the residency, and a chance to chat with the artist, around the 10th of April. Exact timing and dates will be published at a later date.


Check out Madhvi’s works online:



On Friday 31st of March, Madhvi gave a presentation of her work to the teachers, followed by a demonstration of the light and Ceramics experiments we have been conducting, and then led a workshop with clay in the Atelier. Children were nowhere to be seen, as this was a day for the teachers to get in touch with their inner child and resource themselves.


During her talk, Madhvi explained how she started to learn about ceramics in India, in the humblest place, and where she gets her inspiration from.


Then we stepped into the studio. Madhvi demonstrated how adding light to a sculpture can change the focus towards the shadow rather than the object. And how moving light re-creates the effect of a city on a building-like ceramic sculpture.


Finally, we went down to the atelier, where the teachers sat on the little chairs, covered their eyes, and engaged in the workshop, making a pot with a lump of clay… in a different way.





Experimenting clay with the teachers