The journey of potter and ceramicist Kritika Soni is an interesting one. It’s one that’s looped through science and graphic design, a detour into textiles, before she finally found home and her calling in the potter’s studio with clay. Since returning from London’s Chelsea College of Art she launched her label—Kara Sabi— and website late last year. Simple and honest, Soni applies her experience as a textile designer to her ceramics. The result is a refreshing and beautiful play of impressions on imperfectly handcrafted wares that celebrate creases, cracks, and all manner of asymmetry. She now creates her carefree designs from a communal studio in a small village in Delhi.
Was creativity a big part of your childhood?
I was always into arts. My mother is a fine artist. My maternal grandmother used to paint. I think that influenced my love for drawing and painting when I was young. Even though I didn’t have a very good hand at drawing, I just really enjoyed the process. I loved having colors around me and just having lots of paper and coloring books. I think that might have been me instilling my love for art.
There was never one ‘aha’ moment where I woke up one fine morning and decided I want to become a potter. Different experiences in different points in my life have led me to this point where I have arrived today. In high school, I took up science. I was pretty clueless in class 10 and my older brother did science so I thought I’ll do it too. Towards the end of high school I knew I didn't want to pursue a career that had anything to do with science. I was glad though, because I knew then what I didn’t want to do, which only brought me closer to what I did want to do. Through my school years all my extra curricular activities were always creative. But it never occurred to me that I should make a career out of it. I didn’t have much clarity. After realising that I didn’t want to pursue science, I thought to study graphic design in college. I was really into it at the time. And so I went to Shrishti and that’s how I landed in Bangalore. By the end of my second year in university I came to realise that I didn’t want to be a graphic designer but a textile designer instead and so that’s what I chose as my specialisation. After that I came back to Delhi to work. So really with me the secret to finding what I wanted to pursue was to eliminate everything I didn’t want.