The Maihar home is a heritage property, infused with mythological and musical patrimony of the town. It’s ancient arches bask in quietude and comfort. Maihar heritage home became a stepping stone not only for the artists evolution but also for Art Ichol’s foundation. Painters dabbed in clay while sculptors painted doors and windows found from historical sites. Each artist found its unique voice to express their creativity and concepts. There was enough curiosity about Maihar because of the lineage of musical knowledge and talent from Tansen-one of the greatest musicians the world has ever known.
Naturally, the mysticism of Maihar started drawing attention of artists and luring them into escaping the tumult of the city and Artichol became a new home or a new beginning for many artists.
The residency is designed for artists working in clay or artists with a previous background in ceramics who wish to pursue a clay based project.
Established in 2011 by Sovan Kumar, School of Art Ichol Ceramics was the fruition of various art workshops held in Maihar. Since then it has seen the patronage of P R Daroz, G Reghu, Abhay Pandit, Devilal Patidar, Deepali Daroz, Kristen Michael, Shantanu Jena, Anjani Khanna and Chirayu Sinha. International residencies have been held with the likes of Sandy Brown and Jacques Kaufmann. Noteworthy artists experimented and began dabbling with clay as the centre grew. The creative hustle accommodated the likes of Jagannath Panda, Shakti Burman, Maya Burman, Jayasri Burman, Adip Dutta, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Manisha Parekh, Mithu Sen, Paresh Maity, Prasenjit Sengupta, Ramananda Bandyopadhyay and Venkat Bothsa. The aim of the ceramic residency is to provide artists with the technical resources for practical research towards the development of new work and to support creative development through experimental methods and engagement across different material processes.