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4 women-owned decor brands that will usher nature into your home

In April of that year, I created an Instagram account called Jellyfish Pottery where I posted some of my rookie work. And wildly enough, people seemed to love.” That November, Singla opened her own studio and quickly introduced a bouquet of artisanal products, including bowls, plates, platters, mugs, hard doilies and serveware, while simultaneously taking on orders for corporate and customised gifting, tableware for Method Art Gallery cum Cafe (Mumbai), tailored tableware for chefs, wall murals, and bespoke collections for online brands. “Pottery is a perfect combination of four of nature’s elements. You use water and clay to form it, air to dry it, and fire to finish it.” Singla’s designs doff their hat to nature in more ways than one: “I’ve used everything from the colours of the sunset to the texture of a wooden bark as my inspiration. I often collect leaves and flowers and imprint them into the clay to create foliage-inspired pieces. But it works both ways. Every time I open a kiln, it’s always a surprise to see how the glaze turns out. No two pieces are alike.”

Turquoise doily platters by Jellyfish Pottery.

By Shibani

Garden ornaments, whimsical tableware and cute kitchen tiles—Shibani Dhavalikar’s hand-painted ceramics might as well have popped out of a storybook. “The business was born by chance about four years ago, when I quit my job in the field of education in pursuit of a more creative life,” says the ceramist, who specialises in ceramic surface decoration, particularly in what is known as over-glaze painting, a technique that involves painting ceramic surfaces that are already glazed.

“Before I was introduced to this medium, I believed you had to first be a potter to be able to paint pottery or ceramics. But that’s not the case with overglazes. They allow everyday objects like your dinnerware and kitchen tiles to be hand-painted and used, and the possibilities of customisation are endless.” Her collections include tableware, ceramic nameplates, kitchen tiles, ornaments, and wall decor. Dhavalikar’s love for nature manifests in various ways. “Bright and bold floral patterns are a mainstay across my collections, and recently, I developed a whole range of garden decor for nature lovers like me. We’ve also replaced all our plastic packaging with paper and fabric,” she says.

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