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Brahmadeo Ram Pandit

Born into a family of traditional potters in the small village of Boram Bagh in the Nawada district of Bihar, Brahmadeo Ram Pandit's relationship with clay began at a very early age. Assisting his father, the young Brahmadeo learnt how to work the clay and the wheel, to form tawas for making rotis, matkas or waterpots, and diyas or votive lamps, and to prepare the kiln and fire the ware. Unlike his grandfather's era, when the family made a good living by supplying the British Government with clay vessels, the demand for pottery had dramatically reduced due to the easy availability of plastic and metal alternatives.

Rather than buckle under the pressure, Brahmadeo Ram Pandit chose to study pottery in a more focussed manner, first joining the Sukhodeora Ashram in Bihar as an apprentice, and later, refining his skills further at the Central Village Pottery Institute at Khanapur, Belgaum, Karnataka and while working with Laxmanrao Ajgaonkar, a renowned ceramic artist at Kala Nagar, Mumbai. Shorter stints at the JJ School of Art, Mumbai, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, the Regional Pottery Training Centre, Bhadrawati, and at studios in Japan further widened his technical abilities as well as encouraged him to make the transition to studio pottery.

In the last 40 years of his career, Brahmadeo Ram Pandit has honed his mastery over the medium and of glazing in particular. Renowned for the sparking red copper reductions, mottled blue soda-fired glazes, and chatter-marked ceramic ware, he has been awarded various state and national awards, the most recent of which was the prestigious Padma Shri awarded by the Government of India in recognition of his contribution to the arts.

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