In the quiet village of Corlim in North Goa is an artisanal workshop of 12 artists from across India, who bring elements of nature alive on handcrafted ceramic tableware, tiles and home decor items. About 25 minutes way, in the city of Panjim, their designs are put on display at Terravida, a bespoke ceramics store and brand run by Aparna Khaunte. Inspired by rustic Portuguese elements, these pieces are minimal, contemporary and shaped not just by hand, but by culture. The limited-edition designs represent the Portuguese influence in Goa, and on Goan art and craft. Aparna Khaunte, Founder, Terravida
Tableware from the Tropical Collections
Tableware from the Endless Summer Collection
Excerpts from our chat:
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you started this label.
I am a doctor by profession, with a strong inclination towards art and passion for pottery. On a visit to Portugal, I realised how under explored the art of ceramics is in India; we usually only see decal or plain pottery here. Being in Goa, we saw it as an opportunity to showcase this art to travellers from across the world, and help them take back some great memorabilia. This led to the inception of my label, Terravida.Dinner plates from the Portuguese Collection
Christmas Tree Plates from the Christmas Cabinet Collection
Lone Fox Tableware from the Endless Summer Collection
How did the name Terravida come about? What is your design philosophy?
Terravida is a Portuguese-inspired name; Terra means clay or earth, and Vida means life. Our design inspiration comes from the unique Portuguese influence in Goa. Our designs are based mainly on Goan art, with influences of Indian art. Specifically, I draw from nature, so animals, sea creatures and forest elements form part of our designs. We like to keep our lines simple yet classy.
What techniques do you use to create your products?
We primarily work with stoneware. Each product is handmade, using different techniques like wheel throwing, slip casting, slab construction and pure handcrafting.Banana Leaf Platters from the Tropical Collection
Autumnal range from the Endless Summer Collection
Santa Figurines from the Christmas Cabinet Collection
Any pieces or projects that stand out for you?
Our USP is that we’re able to create custom pieces for anyone who asks for them. We recently created a couple of black sheep for a customer and they turned out beautifully. We also release new collections every four months for our store visitors. In terms of projects, we have executed a mural installation and cutlery range for Tataki Panjim, and curated cutlery sets for Marriott and Taj, Goa. Currently we’re focusing on expanding our brand presence across India.Azul Tea Set from the Portuguese Collection
Vintage Floral Cups from the Endless Summer Collection
Abundance Set from the Endless Summer Collection
Summer Harvest Plates from the Endless Summer Collection