"I was born in West Bengal in the late 1970s. While growing up, I had a passion for Indian crafts and learned how to create jewelry. It's my way of expressing my vision. <br><br>
"I've been interested in painting and the arts since I was a child, but I didn't receive a formal art education because my father wanted me to study science. After graduating with a degree in bioscience, I got married and had a son who was born with cerebral palsy in 2006. The first three or four years were very challenging, but I know he is a special child and I am proud to be his mother. To get him better treatment, I moved to Kolkata with my husband. <br><br>
"To alleviate my depression, I started visiting different art galleries and met friends in the art field. These exposed me to new art and creative thinking. <br><br>
"When I learned about different traditional arts and crafts in Kolkata, I met with lot of new friends who work in this field. One day, I had some clay in my hand and it changed my life. I began creating and designing pots and many things with clay. My creativity with this medium made me very happy. It always motivates me to create something new. <br><br>
"One day, some of my friends asked me to design some jewelry with clay and they liked it a lot. Then, in 2011, I began designing jewelry with clay. My love for art is part of my personality, and I show it in the care, love and attention to detail I put into every piece I create. <br><br>
"I have crafted lot of modern ceramics jewelry designs, and I'm inspired by folk art and traditional Indian arts. I feel as though this the only the beginning. I create lots of innovative designs which I'd like to craft in the near future. I also get lots of ideas from my customers' feedback to incorporate into my designs and it's become a learning experience. One day, I hope to become a well known jewelry artisan and would love it if people around the world admired my creations. <br><br>
"My mother has been a great motivator and inspiration. She has been with me every step of the way and I'm really grateful for her help. I conduct workshops with my mother assisting me. There are lot of people who are involved in this work and I want to help generate work opportunities in my community."
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