2003 October to 2004 October Kaveri, in partnership with a business person called Renuka, ran a retail outlet called Pothole.Here she sold hand-crafted ceramics from potters around South India, and also tools, pottery books, etc. Pothole also organised and curated pottery related events.
A sampling of events that Pothole facilitated are:
- Conducted a “cup-a-thon”, outside the Pothole store, in aid of Nalamdana, a charitable trust, working in health awareness and education.
- Curated and organised a show of Ceramic Platters from all over India, called “Potters Platters”, at Forum Art Gallery.
- Organised and co-hosted the screening, at Forum Art Gallery, of the premier of the film, “Golden Bridge Pottery”, directed by Rajiv Krishnan and Ray Meeker
- Curated a show of Ceramic at The Park Hotel, as part of the “Other Festival”
Unfortunately, Pothole could not sustain itself as a business, beyond a year, and had to close down, in October 2004.
Pothole at The Farm
In 2012, Pothole re-surfaced as a stall at a “Mela”, that was organised by The Farm, on the Old Mahabalipuram Road, (OMR), just South of Chennai city. The stall had pots made by Kaveri on sale, and also offered a quick hands on “clay play” time for anyone who was interested in trying their hand at claywork, or raku glazing.
The he success of the stall at the Mela, became the impetus for Kaveri and the owners of the Farm, Arul and Shalini, to decided to start Pothole at The Farm – a working, community studio with a wood fired soda kiln, which conducts workshops, classes, and eventually also make ceramic ware for use and sale.
Kaveri is the only person working here, as of now, but she has students and interns who come and go.
Pothole at The Farm has held numerous short term workshops and classes for wheel thrown pottery. It has 3 kickwheels, and India’s first crowdfunded Wood fired Soda kiln. Visiting ceramic artists have also held presentations and workshops, occasionally. This studio is open to hosting residencies too.