A play with clay

Thoughtful art

A play with clay

Entrepreneur and social worker Megha Mehta was always inclined towards doing something good for the society. Having worked in the non-profit sector with organisations like Give India and Green Peace and also the education sector, Megha wanted to explore more of her creativity and do something noble on a personal level.

With this aim, she enrolled herself into a basic one-month course in pottery at Clay Station and later started working there. “Art has always been a passion for me and I wanted to work with people” she explains. Slowly, she started networking with more and more people and recently, she started a creative forum called ‘Artfully Yours’, through which she not only sells her products but also imparts her skills to others. Located in Kalyan Nagar, ‘Artfully Yours’ is a space where she not only trains people but also showcases her work. “I wanted to create a space where people could just connect to themselves. More than helping others, it has been my own exploratory journey,” she exclaims.

Megha mainly makes terracotta products as she likes being eco-friendly. She enjoys making earthen items for the garden apart from a range of other terracotta products like bowls, decorative pieces and animal shapes.

She also conducts courses for people of all ages at the store as well as takes her talent to schools and private organisations. In these sessions, apart from pottery and clay modelling, she also teaches activities like marbling and fabric painting. “Marbling is an art wherein you keep a piece of paper in a water which has ink floating in it. So the entire print comes on it,” she explains. What’s closest to her heart is her sessions with the specially-abled and underprivileged kids.

  “Clay has a magical effect on everyone especially those with special needs. Since they have sensory issues, it helps them develop their motor skills. Though they don’t like touching clay at first, they soon get comfortable with it and it calms them down,” she explains. Comparing it to yoga, she says, “While yoga works for some, clay definitely works for all.”

Megha plans to work on more cloth-based products like tie-and-dye T-shirts and reach out to all the more people in future.

  “I feel that art has a huge potential and we don’t tap it enough,” she sums up. For more details, visit her Facebook page.

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