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First Terracotta Art Exhibit Held in the Southeast

August 2003
First Terracotta Art Exhibit Held in the Southeast

Sushma Patel, head designer and owner of 5th Season Boutique in the Global Mall, presented a show featuring exquisite terracotta artwork. The exhibit, inaugurated by Dr. Paddy Sharma and Dr. Gulshan Harji, was the first ever show of terracotta art to be held in the Southeast. The beautiful terracotta sculptures and murals were the creations of acclaimed artist Kalpana Amin of Floart Art Gallery in Gujarat. Hundreds of pieces varying in size and style were made available for sale. They ranged from traditional to contemporary to suit every palate. Sculptures ranged from 6 inches to 3 feet and wall frames ranged from 6 inches to 5 feet. The collection also had dinnerware such as napkin rings, serving trays, stationary, puja thalis, wedding sets, divis and much more. Each piece was handcrafted by an artisan and made from a special blend of clay from various regions of Gujarat.

Kalpana Amin, the artist, was born and raised in Mombassa, Kenya, and later settled in Gujarat, India. In 1992, while experimenting with clay, African images of her childhood led to the creation of tribal masks and busts. After an overwhelming response, Floart was founded in 1995 as a gallery for her work and as a platform for upcoming artists. In 1998, Kalpana was named ?The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year' by the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce.

Her creations are now carried in Atlanta at the 5th Season Boutique at Global Mall.

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