Glass Sutra aims to take glass-making out of the darkness and make it recognizable in the mainstream art.
The universe has taken billions of years to form, but at Reshmi’s Glass Workshop, her small glass models of universe take shape in just a few hours and take the form of several functional art pieces.
Art, when suitable for utilitarian purposes, becomes functional art. Blurring the boundaries between fine art and everyday life, functional art aims to bring beauty in routine items. Glass art infuses fine art aesthetics into items of everyday use making our lives more beautiful and artistic.
Glass Sutra, a studio in the National Capital Delhi found by Reshmi Dey, an international glass artist, aims to bring the magnificence of functional glass art into limelight.Despite being a country rich of artists, glass artistry has not found a lot of hands to work and develop an industry that could also occupy the mainstream art scene.
“I have studied glass art internationally and coming back to my home country, I realized that this brilliant form is still undermined. Through Glass Sutra, I wish to spread this art form amongst the young creative minds and give them a platform to pursue career paths in Glass-Blowing,” addresses Reshmi.
Letting the children learn to create glass art pieces is not even considered an option in our country. Let alone learning, people are not even exposed to the idea that this is possible and that it might also result in a ‘real’ bread-earning career.
Reshmi, however, has a way to make it happen.
Learning Glass Art
Glass sutra, India’s first comprehensive public access Glass Art Studio, organizes programs for school and college students to indulge in glass blowing and learning the art of making glass pieces on their own. Under the expert guidance of artists, students get exposed to the art that is yet at a nascent stage in India.
This exposure of art amongst students is aimed at awareness of an art form and the enlightenment that there is a career option that was never known before amongst the well-to-do strata- Glass Art.
Reshmi confirms, “I want these impressionable minds to have an idea of what it is like to follow art such that they figure out for themselves whether they want to pursue it or not. I want to tell them that ‘look, you have one more option to choose from.’ It’s okay if they decide not to be a glass artist, but they should at least know that they can also choose to be one.”
Glass art catharsis through Corporate Workshops
“I don’t head to a desktop job every morning to work 9-5 and get juggled up in hundreds of emails. I get up every morning knowing that it’s another bright day when I can give shape to another form of art and pursue my passion while bringing a change in the world as I see it. This is about art. Not a run-of-the-mill job. I want this feeling to be known to others,” says Reshmi.
Glass Sutra organizes corporate workshops for organizations who wish to take their employees to employee engagement activities that are little off the league. Through these workshops, Glass Sutra wishes to achieve multiple goals like giving a cathartic experience to employees through glass making, team building and above all, the awareness of an art form that has not received the recognition it deserves.
With wide usage of glass art, it’s one form of functional art that is yet underrated. Not missing the sheer beauty of illuminating chandeliers, exotic bottles of perfume and whisky decanters, glass art is functional in everyday life. Our house is full of functional pieces of glass including vases and fine dinnerware. Glass Sutra recognizes the various functions of glass art and is celebrating the glory of functional art-glass blowing.
“The most beautiful thing about this art form is that it does not just create art that is restricted behind glass walls for decoration. It’s also functional,” emphasizes Reshmi. “This is why I find it even more pertinent to spread it amongst creative minds in our nation because functional art in India has been well-recognized already, so why should we leave ourselves behind when it comes to another beautiful art form?”
Glass Sutra is celebrating the glory of functional Glass Art. Will you join us? Find an activity that suits you and pay us a visit. You don’t always need to be associated with a school or a corporate to pay us a visit- as said; we are a public access glass making studio. Just drop by with your friends for evening get-togethers and fun. Contact us at – +91 9811992770 / firstname.lastname@example.org