HaveFunPottery is a one-artist studio of Saraswati (Renata Sereda). www.havefunpottery.com
Materials used: Ceramics (Porcelain, glazes, gold solution).
Care instructions: Relatively fragile, handle with care. Dry dusting with the soft brush is recommended. No hard scrubbing on the golden parts.
Renata Sereda was born in Russia into a family where
ceramics was the main profession. Her mother had taught her the play with clay
by the age of 12, after which Renata quickly developed her own style of
decorative ceramic miniature. After an 8 year career as a TV journalist
she left Russia and moved to India in 2004 to join the International Township
of Auroville. After settling in she fully dedicated her time to ceramics.
In 2008 Renata founded the “White Peacock” clay club, teaching students aged 7
to 17 the art of pottery. Somewhere along the line she took the name Saraswati
after the Indian goddess for creativity, perfection and knowledge, patron of
the art of science.
Saraswatis’ unique and non-functional pottery pieces remind one of the playful creativity of Paul Klee, Miro and Kandinsky. She states that she gets inspired by everyday objects, glimpses of her childhood as well as the beauty of the rough stoneware and lightweight porcelain she works with.
This inspiration is detectable in the detailed textures and various nuances of colors present in every piece. For the Ceramic Triennale Saraswati aimed to create a perfect miniature home, a small space with delicate objects and an invitation to the audience to share this intimate and cozy space filled with positive memories. Saraswati says that her aim is to instill the joy of crafting in every single piece and to make this joy visible in her art objects.