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The Return of the Artist: Sheherazade and ASNA

The Return of the Artist: Sheherazade and ASNA
At the ASNA organized Clay Triennial Seminar, held at the Karachi Arts Council recently, a diverse audience enjoyed hearing and viewing work by ceramicists from India, Turkey, Australia, Indonesia, Ireland, Finland, and Pakistan.
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  • At the ASNA organized Clay Triennial Seminar, held at the Karachi Arts Council recently, a diverse audience enjoyed hearing and viewing work by ceramicists from India, Turkey, Australia, Indonesia, Ireland, Finland, and Pakistan.

  • The key speaker of the event was Pakistan’s First Lady of Ceramics, Sheherazade Alam who made her presentation to a pin-drop silence. For the last twenty years Sheherazade has spent most of her time out of the country, and the experience gained was evident in the expertise incorporated in the documentation by slides and a film show to the raptaudience. Here the ceramicist who prefers to be called a ‘potter’, showed digital images of her early work and studio, the villages outside Lahore that inspired her with their decorated clay artifacts. Her later ceramics were produced after a period spent working with British potters, and the experience of Artist in Residence at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland.

  • Her life changed in 1999, when her husband, the renowned artist Zahoorul Akhlaq, and her eldest daughter Jahanara, then making a name for herself as a classical dancer, were senselessly robbed of life. Sheherazade put aside her work and for five years she put her thoughts and energy into documenting her husband’s work, assisted by art historian Roger Connah, and art photographer, Richard Seck.

  • Exhibitions of Zahoor’s paintings were mounted in Canada and Pakistan, and a book on the artist was written by Roger Connah. In 2004, Sheherazade began to work again, producing beautiful forms, many of them coloured red.

  • Sheherazade has worked hard through difficulties to achieve her present status. At the NCA she graduated with honours in 1972, the only ceramics student to do so. She studied the relics of ancient times in Mehergarh, Mohenjo-Daro and the museums and declared that her experience studying the line and profile of the ancient pieces was a very important factor of her education. Scholarships to the UK followed, and at the Farnham School of Art, where several established ceramicists were on the faculty, she eagerly enjoyed the interaction involved. In Pakistan where there were few studio potters, she had mostly worked in solitude, and said that the interaction with others was the most rewarding part of the experience. Then followed an extensive stay in the USA where her husband worked on a Yale Research Project. Sheherazade worked with an American potter and experimented with the turquoise glaze that became a signature aspect of her work. The following years were divided between Toronto, where she lived in an apartment filled with artists, and her family home in Lahore.

  • The good news is that now, with her daughter Nurjehan, a student of Fine Art at the Goldsmith School of Art, London, Sheherazade is returning to Pakistan. She has closed her Toronto studio, dismantled the kiln and the accoutrements of pottery that are now on a ship heading for Pakistan. At the Seminar, she spoke of her plans to revitalize her Lahore studio, a spacious brick atelier out of use for 15 years, and she is eager to catch up on the activities of young potters over the last twenty odd years. For sure, she is very much needed on the ceramics front.

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