Bramhdeo Ram Pandit (b. 1949)
One of India’s most distinguished potters and recipient of India’s highest award , the Padmashree in 2013, Bramhdeo Ram Pandit or “Panditji” as he is respectfully known as, is from a family of traditional potters in Bihar with an inheritance of long-established forms and techniques. He moved to Mumbai in 1971 via the KVIC Central Village Pottery Institute at Khanapur and a working stint with L R Ajgaonkar. He also studied semi-formally at the Handicraft Teacher Training College, Mumbai (1973), at the J J School of Art, Mumbai (1975), at Regional Pottery Training Centre, Bhadrawati (1975), at Garhi, New Delhi (1981), and did workshop training in Japan (1989). In Mumbai Panditji built his own studio in Bhayander, now an impressive three-storeyed factory that creates glazed tableware for premium hotel chains and lifestyle stores.
Abhay Pandit (b.1978)
Bramhdeo’s son, Abhay, trained at home under his parents and then went on to train at the Golden Bridge Pottery, Pondicherry. In2005 Abhay apprenticed under Peter Fraser Beard in the UK, on a Charles Wallace Scholarship. Abhay’s forte lies in thrown forms and he creates textures with wire-cut techniques and tools and by adding fine strips of clay. The Pandit family lives and works in Mumbai.
An acknowledged master of glazes, B R Pandit’s work is distinguished by his sparkling red copper-reduction glazed pots, the mottled blue soda-fired glazed pots and chatter-marked pots.He has awarded several times and most recently is the recipient of India’s highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri in 2013.
The work of both father and son are in major private collections in India and abroad.
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