I believe in living without fear; I try and extend that belief to my work- that it should express freely, uninhibitedly, from within.
My emotions are simple – a shared moment with a stranger, sadness, claustrophobia or beauty. I translate these into my clay, something that can be seen, touched and felt. It is my emotion, my work, my worship.
“Before clarity, there are questions. Before emotions, there is the turmoil of silence. Clay works in much the same way – before simplicity of form there is complexity of the process, of translating emotion and thought. This is the crux of my work today – channelizing, sculpting and refining these complexities to achieve the dynamism of simplicity.”
-- Rekha Goyal
Rekha Goyal is a Mumbai based ceramic artist. Over the last 19 years, she has worked on installations and murals for private and public spaces, designed ceramic products under her own studio as well as for boutique lifestyle brands, been a part of the education space and projects in art therapy and artisanal craft.
A few years ago, she created a community ceramic studio in the heart of Mumbai dedicated to the education of the craft making ceramic art easily accessible to the local community and creating a craft space that has also become a therapeutic practice for people using the space. She has been profiled in varied publications for her work in the art and community space.
An avid traveller, she has been widely quoted for her entrepreneurial work in setting-up one of India’s first networks of homestays. She has advised women groups in rural areas on generating livelihoods through sustainable tourism. She has also trained in the Indian classical dances of Bharatnatyam and Kathak for 9 years.
Rekha Goyal was born in Mumbai in 1979 and spent her early years in South America. She has been running her ceramic art & pottery studio in Mumbai since 1999. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine art with a specialisation in ceramics from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai and did her masters in Art in Architecture, London.