Studio Raw Material is an ongoing exploration of geology in terms of material and processes. The studio and workshop is based in the desert plains of western India. The studio is a collaboration between Priyanka Sharma and Dushyant Bansal.
“We began this process with exploring materiality in relation to socio economic forces that guide its abundance, scarcity and wastage, leading us to understand the inherent paradoxes and perceptions that exist around marble. The hills surrounding the region are diverse in hue, density and opacity. Set deep within a stark terrain, the aim of the studio is to express an experience of being immersed in this landscape of a singular material.”
The quarried marble block is dressed in a rectangular form to be cut into slices. These irregular blocks are usually the size of a room. The slices are typically used as slabs for flooring and wall-cladding. During this process, a lot of offcuts are thrown aside, with little or no value.
These offcuts of marble formed the starting point for our work. The size and shapes of the pieces we find dictate their final use - ranging from limited-editon sculptural furniture pieces to architectural spaces build from scratch using these offcuts and stone dust produced during processing.
The craft techniques in India are mostly studied from an exotic lens of decorative ornamentation. The marble craft is not just about the decoration but the building techniques used to build the temples and architectural monuments. We wanted to explore these alternate aspects of craft – the structure and mathematics of balance, building techniques on weight and gravity. All our pieces use these principles of joinery; they are constructed rather assembled without the use of any adhesives or mortar.
Dushyant Bansal and Priyanka Sharma are recent graduates from Royal College of Art. They set up Studio Raw Material in 2016 between London and Jaipur.
Their work results from their interest in the desert plains of western India, rich in various minerals and processes like salt, marble, clay and plant based resins. With backgrounds in spatial and product design, Dushyant and Priyanka are constantly examining aspects of function and aesthetic; the physical and the ephemeral. Their interest lies in working with materials with a firm context to history, culture and geography.
Works by Studio Raw Material have been a part of 'Joints And Bones' at The Aram Gallery in 2016; and 'The Graduate(s)' at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in 2017 as the best of European Talent selected by Lidwej Edelkoort. The work was also a part of the intriguing projects featured in the book 'Why Materials Matter' by Seetal Solanki, published by Prestel.
2020.03 | Curated Show. Collectible Fair, Brussels
2019.09 | Marbré(e), Maison Dentsu, Thomas Erber x Kolkhoze, Paris
2019.05 | The Art Apartment, The Modern House x The Television Centre, London
2019.03 | Curated Show. Collectible Fair, Brussels
2018.10 | Itinerance 08, by Atelier Jespers. Art Elysees, Paris
2018.09 | Why Materials Matter, curated by Seetal Solanki. London Design Festival
2018.09 | 1000 Vases, curated by Roberto Baciocchi, Paris
2018.04 | Aesthetic Visions. Fuorisalone, Milano
2018.01 | THE GRADUATE(S), curated by Li Edelkoort. Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris
2017.08 | THE GRADUATE(S), curated by Li Edelkoort. Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London
2017.08 | Raw Material. London Design Festival, London
2017.06 | Show RCA. Graduate exhibition, Royal College of Art, London
2017.05 | Sarah Griffin Selects, London Craft Week, London
2017.02 | The Emerging & The Established, Christie's South Kensington, London
2017.03 | Collections; An exhibition at Preston Fitzgeral's private residence, London
2016.12 | Joints & Bones, The Aram Gallery, London
2016.09 | Matter X Raw Material, Clerkenwell, London