Artist: Shikha Joshi
Shikha Joshi, TEXAS
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My creative process results from an interplay between form and function. I like to explore form, to create pots with strong shapes, with the underlying guiding factor being, achievement of good functionality. The rich earthy hues strongly appeal to the artist in me, which in turn dictate the choice of my clay and glazes.
As I mature as a potter I find myself being drawn to the Japanese aesthetic of “Wabi Sabi”. Loosely translated, it means beauty in imperfection. Consequently, the surfaces of my pots have slowly transitioned from intricately carved to being rustic, earthy and organic. I hope my pots echo the silent austere beauty and simplicity of the natural world and infuse the user with a feeling of meditative peace.
Colors and textures of rocks, tree bark, algae are some of the things that inspire me and I am constantly experimenting with slips, glazes, colorants and inclusions to recreate that look. The desire to emulate the rustic surface of wood fired ceramics within the constraints of an oxidation kiln continues to guide me on my evolutionary journey as a potter.
Born and raised in New Delhi, India. Immigrated to the USA in 1998.
Bachelors in Psychology from Delhi University, India.
Established a home studio in Round Rock TX in 2003 and have been working out of there to present.
2018 Kansas City Clay Guild, Tea bowl National, Purchase Award
2016 Kansas City Clay Guild, Tea bowl National, Purchase Award
2015 First Prize, Bountiful Bowl, Rockport TX
2014 Best of Show, Bountiful Bowl, Rockport TX
2013 Honorable mention, 3 D competition, Bastrop TX
2013 Honorable mention, ‘Serve it up’, Las Vegas, NV
2012 Orton Cone Box show purchase award
2012 Third Prize “Bountiful Bow” Rockport TX
2011 Starbrick Clay national Cup show, purchase award
Artistic Award of Excellence 3D, 2011 Art Walk, Fayetteville TX.
2010 Best Place Setting, Dining in III: An artful experience, 18 Hands Gallery Houston TX
2010 Artistic Award of Excellence 3D, Art Walk, Fayetteville TX.
2010 First Prize: Six Pack Show, Texas Clay Arts Association.
2010 People’s choice award, Cameo Texas Teapot Tournament, Houston TX
2008 Honorable mention, Greater Austin Clay Artists member show, East 4th Gallery in Austin TX.
2007 Honorable mention, Greater Austin Clay Artists member show, East 4th Gallery in Austin TX.
Surface Design for Ceramics by Maureen Mills.
500 Platters Plates and Chargers
Ceramics Monthly Jan ’11
2020 San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo TX, (Juror: Jo Lauria)
2020 Twin Cups MWSU Clay Guild (Juror: Becky Lloyd)
2020 Last Call V: Handmade Ceramics for Storing, Pouring & Sipping Fine Libations. (Juror: Naomi Clement)
2020 Lip Service, Saratoga Clay Arts Center, NY (Juror: Mary Barringer)
2018 San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo TX, (Juror: Peter Held)
2014 Kansas City Clay Guild Teabowl National, Kansas City MO, (Juror: Delores Fortuna, Bill Farrell)
2014 Joy of Drinking National Juried Competition, Joplin MO (Juror: Nathan Falter)
2014 Texas Teapot Tournament, Houston TX (Juror: Linnis Blanton)
2013 Demitasse, A cup and a saucer, The Kiln Studio and Gallery, Fairhope Al (Juror: Sebastian Moh)
2013 Best of Texas Clay Ceramic Art Exhibit, Fort Worth TX (Juror :Elaine Taylor, Pat Conner, Judy Shelton)
2013 Dining in VI, 18 Hands Gallery Houston TX
2013 Serve it up; Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
2013 Kansas City Clay Guild Teabowl National, Kansas City MO, (Juror: Doug Jeppesen)
2013 Tabletop; the art league, Alexandria VA (juror: Linda Christianson)
2013 Texas Teapot Tournament, Houston TX (Juror: Piero Fenci)
2013 ClayHouston-HCCC Exhibition during NCECA, Houston TX (Juror: Susie Silbert)
2012 100 Teapots VI, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore MD (Juror: Jeff Oestreich)
2012 Orton Cone Box show (Juror: Tom Coleman)
2012 The Clay Cup; University of Missouri (Juror: Pete Pinnell)
2012 Starbrick Clay National Salt and Pepper Shaker show
2012 Dining in V, 18 Hands Gallery Houston TX
2012 Craft Texas
2012 Texas Teapot Tournament, Houston TX
2011 Starbrick Clay National Cup show
2011 Dining in IV, 18 Hands Gallery Houston TX
2010 Orton Cone Box show
2010 History in the making V; Genesee Pottery Rochester NY Juror: Peter Beasecker
2010 Dining in III: An artful experience, 18 Hands Gallery Houston TX
2009 International Cup, The art studios of Missoula, Missoula MT
2008 Contemporary Clay Biennial, Grand Junction CO
2008 Platter and pourers, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore MD
2020 K Space Contemporary, Texas Clay by the Bay, Corpus Christi TX
2019 San Angelo Ceramic Invitational Exhibition featured the work of six Texas ceramic artists: Alejandra Almuelle, Mary Fischer, Angela Gallia, Linda Gossett, Shikha Joshi, and Kym Owens.
2013 ‘Tile Show 6X6X30’ at the Coup Gallery, San Angelo TX
2013 ‘Teapot Redefined’, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge MA
2013 ‘Attachments’, Texas Clay Arts Association member show in conjunction with NCECA, Houston TX
2013 ‘Relocation’ - Show at the Archway gallery in conjunction with NCECA Houston
2019 San Angelo TX, Ceramic Invitational
2016 San Angelo TX, Ceramic Weekend, Angelo State University
2012 St. Edwards University, Austin TX
2012 McMurry University, Abilene TX
2011 Victoria College, Victoria TX
2011 Weatherford TX