2003 October to 2004 October I ran a retail outlet called Pothole, for hand crafted ceramics from potters around South India, and also for tools, pottery books, etc. Pothole also functioned as a link to pottery related events.
Some of the stuff that Pothole did apart from retailing were:
- Conducted a “cup-a-thon”, outside Pothole, 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”
Pothole at The Farm
In 2012, Pothole re-surfaced as a stall at a “Mela”, 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 some clay and a small gas fired kiln for visitors to try their hand at making something with clay also Raku galzing and firing.
After the success of the stall at the Mela, Kaveri and the owners of the Farm, Arul and Shalini, decided to start Pothole at The Farm – a working, community studio with a wood fired soda kiln, which conducts workshops, classes, and will eventually also make ceramic ware for use at The Farm’s restaurant as well as for sale. Currently, Kaveri is the only person working here, but this studio is open to hosting residencies and workshops by visiting artists, too.