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Learn to be a potter at the Andretta Pottery

Andretta Pottery is run by Mansimran "Mini" Singh, son of famous potter Gurcharan Singh. Andretta Pottery and Craft Society was started in 1983. It is situated between the old Shuahk hills and the towering range of the Dholadhar Himalaya. As well as being a production studio pottery making attractively designed earthen slipware; it also provides 3 month courses for aspiring potters. These courses include accommodation, food and tuition. The cost is 90,000 Rupees (All Inclusive) (£1160/$1600US at current rate of exchange). And for 2017 it will be 1,20,000 Rupees (All Inclusive and in pound as per current exchange rates). Prices are subject to change - please contact the pottery to confirm final cost.

For more information please email:

Mansimran Singh

Andretta Pottery & Craft Society
Village & P.O.
Teh. Palampur Distt. Kangra
(H.P.) - 176 103

Telephone 01894/254248

Biography of Mansimran Singh

1939 Born at Lahore
1956 - 1959 Studied with his father Gurcharan Singh at the Delhi Blue Art Pottery
1960 Went to England to work under Bernard Leach and Geoffrey Whiting, renowned English Studio Potters
1961 Invited to the Berlin Arts Festival. First one man show in Jaipur, followed by joint exhibition with his father in Delhi and Bombay
1962 Began teaching at the Delhi Blue Art Pottery
1964 One man show in Bombay
1965 One man shos in Ahmedabad and Calcutta
1966 Awarded a British Council Vistorship. Exhibitions at the Commonwealth Institute Gallery in London and University of Leicester
1967 One man show in Bombay
1969 One man show in Delhi
1970 One man show in Delhi
1971 One man shows in Hydrabad and Geneva. Went to Shantiniketan as visiting expert, where he held lecture demonstrations
1972 One man shows in Madras, Bombay and Calcutta
1976 Asked by the Lalit Kala Akademi to set-up and be the expert in charge of the pottery studios in Garhi Artist's Workshops.
1979 One man show in Madras, followed by a pottery workshop held at Cholamandal, Madras
1980 One man show at Ahemedabad. Appointed to the board of examiners for the Masters of Fine Arts at the Banaras Hindu University
1980 Lectured at the Warren Wilson College, North Caroline, USA
1981 Joint exhibitions with his father in Bombay
1982 Exhibition at Max Muller Bhawan, Madras . Held pottery camp at Cholamandal, Madras.
1983 Organised and directed a pottery workshop in collaborationwith Max Muller Bhawan, Delhi
1984 Won the first prize at the National Studio Potters Exhibition, New Delhi
1984 Organised and driected a pottery camp for the Lait Kala Akademi, Lucknow
1985 Went on a British Council Visitorship to see the work of potters in England working with earthenware clay
1986 Awarded a prize in the All India Studion Potters Exhibition in Delhi
1987 Organized an exhibition of Kangra Pottery at the Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay - Sponsored by the All India Handicrafts Board
1988 Invited by The Gujrat Emporium to hold an exhibition in Ahmedabad of Kangra Pottery along with his own work
1989 An exhibition of his own pottery, along with Kangra Pottery, at Baroda
1990 The Language and Cultural Department of Himachal Pradesh Government invited him to hold an exhibition in Simla with allied demonstrations
1991 An exhibition of his glazed pottery along with works of the village potters of Kangra, which he organised and held under the sponsorship of North Zone Cultural Centre in Chandigarh
1992 Organised an exhibition of his glazed pottery and village pottery at Hyderabad sponsored by the All India Handicrafts Board followed by a similar exhibition in Delhi
1994 An exhibition of his pottery and naturally dyed garments in association with Dastakar
1995 Becomes Managing Trustee of the Delhi Blue Pottery Trust
1999 Trained potters at Mitraniketan, Vellanad, Kerela
2000 Held workshops and kiln building for students of St. Kabir Public School, Chandigarh
2002 Organised "Water - 101 Studio Potters of India"" for the Delhi Blue Pottery Trust, at the Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2002 Judged the National Abilympics for ceramics
2003 to date continues to teach students from India and abroad, plus holds yearly workshops for working potters.

Mini at the wheel

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