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Ashwini Bhat studied ceramics with Ray Meeker at Golden Bridge Pottery, Pondicherry. She has a M.A degree in literature and studied classical dance for nearly thirteen years before working as a professional dancer in the Padmini Chettur Dance Company for four years. 

Her work has been featured internationally in many galleries and exhibitions including, most recently, in American Jazz Museum (Kansas City,MO); NCECA (Kansas City, MO, 2016; Providence, RI, 2015 and Houston, USA, 2013); Newport Art Museum (Newport, RI, USA 2015); Indian Museum at FLICAM (Fuping, China 2013); the Sculpture Garden at Grand Hyatt (Chennai, India, 2011); India Art Summit (New Delhi, India, 2011); and Woodfire Tasmania (Australia, 2011).

In 2012, Bhat built a studio and wood-firing kiln near Auroville, Pondicherry, India. In 2013, she was awarded a Howard Foundation Fellowship for Sculpture. Since 2015, she has lived in the USA where she makes sculptural ceramics and collaborates with artists in other genres.

In 2017, Bhat is a Guest Artist at StarWorks for the International Wood-fire Conference in North Carolina and at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Shiga, Japan.

CLAY
Solo Exhibitions:

2015, Earth Took of Earth, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI, USA
2012, Allegory of Fire, Clayspace Gallery, Asheville, NC, USA

Group Exhibitions:
2016, Latvia International Ceramics Biennale, Daugavpils Mark Rothko Centre, Latvia
2016, Academy Center of the Arts, Lynchburg ,VA, USA

2016, Standing Wave, in collaboration with Sharbani Das Gupta, Debra Smith and Forrest Gander, Studio P/The Studios Inc, Kansas City, MO, USA
2016, 50 years/50 Women: A Celebration of Women in Ceramics, American jazz Museum, Kansas City, USA
2015, Terra Firma, co-sponsered by Brown India Initiative, NCECA, AS220, Providence, RI, USA
2015, Friends of Fire, Gustin Gallery, NCECA, South Dartmouth, MA, USA
2014, Bridges: Golden Bridge Pottery and Contemporary Ceramics in India, Stainless Gallery, New Delhi, India
2013, Narrative of Fire, Survey of Contemporary Ceramics, Artworks, New Bedford, MA, USA
2013, Containment IV, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC, USA
2013, High Heat, Redbird Studio and Gallery, Columbia, SC, USA
2013, Traditions Evolving, NCECA, Houston, TX, USA
2012, Jeff Shapiro and Friends, Gallery Square Circle, Auroville, India
2011, Continental Drift, Deloraine, Woodfire Tasmania, Australia
2010, Sculptural Teapots, Shanghai, China

Selected Art Fairs:
2013, United Art Fair, New Delhi, India
2011, India Art Summit, New Delhi, India

Residencies and Workshops:

2017, Guest Artist, Invitational, The Ceramic Cultural Park Shigaraki, Shiga, Japan
2017, Guest Artist, NC International Woodier Conference, Seagrove, NC, USA
2016, Visiting Artist, Queens University, Charlotte, NC, USA
2016, Speaker, International woodier conference, Waubansee Collage, IL, USA
2016, Fall Residency, Arch Contemporary, Tiverton, RI, USA

2016, Artist invite Artist residency, Red Lodge Clay Centre, MT, USA
2016, Visiting Artist, Cub Creek Foundation, Appomattox, VA, USA
2015, Artist in Residence, Ceramic Department/ Fall Semester, UMASS Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA, USA
2015, Invitational participation at the NCECA pre-conference workshop, Gustin Ceramics, South Dartmouth, MA, USA
2014, Visiting Speaker, ATREE foundation, Bangalore, India
2014, Visiting Artist, Gustin Ceramics, South Dartmouth, MA, USA
2013, Visiting Lecturer, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA, USA
2013, Visiting Artist, Gustin Ceramics, South Dartmouth, MA, USA
2013, Invitational Residency, FLICAM (FuLe International Ceramic Art Museums) permanent collection, Fuping, China
2013, Visiting Artist, Flynn Creek Pottery, Comptche, CA, USA
2012, Visiting Artist, Clayspace, Asheville NC, USA
2011, Visiting Artist, Tin Shed Pottery, Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia
2011 Long-term Artist-in-Residence, Golden Bridge Pottery, Pondicherry, India

Awards:
Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship for research 2015- 2016 (declined by the Artist due to Visa technicalities)
Howard Foundation Fellowship for Sculpture (2013-2014), Howard Foundation, USA
Shortlist (2013-2014), Emerging Artist Award, ICMEA 2013, Fuping, China

Bibliography:
Anthony Merino, “Ashwini Bhat” Ceramic Art and Perception: Issue 100. USA. 2015
Sujatha Shankar Kumar, “Clay People of the Coromandel Coast” Art India: Issue . India. 2015
Exposure section, “Into the Mouths of Volcanoes” Ceramic Monthly:
Issue: March. USA. 2015
Sharbani Das Gupta, “Shape of the Wind” Ceramic Ireland: Issue 34. Ireland. 2014
Anthony Merino, “Narrative of Fire: Bodies and Clay” Ceramic Art and Perception: Issue 98. USA. 2014
Mark Jacobs, “Neolithic Chunk Maker” New Ceramics: Issue 6. Germany. 2014
Sharbani Das Gupta, “Cross Pollination” New Ceramics: Issue 4/2014. Germany. 2014
Anjani Khanna , “The China Feeling: Experiments with Clay in the Middle Country” Marg Publications: Issue 65. India. 2014
Larry Smith, “One Over Two Two Over One” Caliban Online: Issue 14. USA. 2014
Forrest Gander, “Sculpting the Primordial” Crafts Arts International: Issue 87. Australia. 2012
Sharbani Das Gupta and Madhvi Subramanian, “Traditions Evolving: Golden Bridge Pottery and Contemporary Ceramics in India” Ceramic Ireland: Issue 31. Ireland. 2013
Tony Merino, “Traditions Evolving: Golden Bridge Pottery and Contemporary Ceramics in India” Infoceramica. Spain. 2013
Janet Mansfield, “Continental Drift: Anagama in South India” New Ceramics: Issue 6. Germany. 2011


Publications:
Ashwini Bhat, “Earth Took of Earth” Artist Book. India. 2014
Ashwini Bhat, “Journey in Clay,” Logbook: Issue 48. Ireland. 2011

Permanent Installations:
2017, Fredrick Douglas National Park renovations by the New Bedford Historical Society, New Bedford, MA, USA
2015, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI, USA
2015, Watson Institute for International Studies, Providence, RI, USA
2013, Indian Museum FLICAM (FuLe International Ceramic Art Museums), Fuping, China
2013, Emerging Artists' Collections, FuLe International Ceramic Museum, Fuping, China
2010, Sculpture Garden, Grand Hyatt, Chennai, India

Collaborative Projects:
2015-16, Standing Wave work in progress, in collaboration with Sharbani Das Gupta, Debra Smith and Forrest Gander, Studio P/The Studios Inc, Kansas City, MO, USA
2014, Compass Rose, in collaboration with Forrest Gander, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI, USA


DANCE
2007/2006/2005 with Padmini Chettur Dance Company, Chennai (India) and performed at following venues:

  • Le Theatre de Nimes, Nimes, 2007
  • Cultuurcentrum der Werf, Aalst, Belgium, 2007
  • Cultuurcentrum, Hasselt, Belgium, 2007
  • Cultuurcentrum, Brugge, Belgium,2007
  • Sommerszene, Salzburg, 2007
  • Springdance, Utrecht, 2007
  • Bharat Rang Mahotsav, Delhi, 2007
  • Lille 3000, Lille, 2006
  • Bozar, Brussels ,2006
  • Teatri di Vita, Bologna, 2006
  • Theatre de la Ville, Paris,2006
  • Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Seoul , 2006
  • Goteborg Dance & Theatre Festival, Goteborg, 2006

1990 to 2002 training in Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam.