A Harvest of Crystals by Niilofur Farrukh
When you hold up a pot by Salman
Ikram to the light, floating crystals sparkle from beneath the translucent glaze. Focusing on a limited palette of somber golds, greens and a few blues,
confesses that his recent focus has been to perfect
. This body of work was exhibited during the summer at Chawakandi Art, Karachi.
What one sees on the glazed surface are tightly packed iridescent clusters with a darker nucleus that fan out in shimmering haloes. With bigger
the scale changes dramatically as the pattern wraps around the pot surface. In other works, tight formations with inward curling shapes take on a floral spray-like configuration. The characteristic glow of theses crystals in often muted and organic, that brings to mind mother-of-pearl in different hues.