Jyotsna Bhatt (nee Shroff) was born at Mandvi ( Kutch), in 1940. She studied sculpture under Prof. Shanko Chaudhuri at M.S.University of Vadodara (1958-1962). Along with sculpture, Jyotsna also studied ceramics under Shri Basab Barua and later under Prof. Jolyon Hofstead, Brooklyn Museum Art School, U.S.A (1965-66). The time spent in Brooklyn, New York proved to be a catalyst in the path that unfolded. She started teaching ceramics at the M.S University from 1972 until 2002.
Under her mentorship, the department flourished and expanded; many contemporary ceramic artists in India emerged as a result of her encouragement. It is safe to say that Jyotsna ignited an interest in ceramics in a large number of students and guided them as they turned into serious professionals; a gentle teacher, merely nudging each one only as and when needed. Jyotsna strongly believed that the ceramic art scenario in Vadodara has its roots in the Pottery section (Department of Sculpture) which was initiated by Prof. Shanko Chauduri.
In her career spanning over 50 years she successfully showcased across India and abroad; yet there remained a modesty and ‘earthiness’ n her approach and work, which came though very distinctly each time you met her. Smt Jyotsna Bhatt was undoubtedly one of the pioneers and an eminent pillar of Indian contemporary ceramics. Her upcoming Retrospective will showcase her earlier as well as most recent works; some rare photos of workshops and various video talks. Shri Jyotibhai Bhatt, P.R. Daroz, Rakhee Kane and Vinod Daroz will all share their experiences through these video talks.
Her retrospective also marks the launch of Indian Ceramics. Truly a fitting tribute.
Tribute from Jyoti Bhatt
Tribute from Rakhee Kane
Tribute from P R Daroz
Tribute from Vinod Daroz