In her stint as a lawyer, Mansie Shah was beginning to feel disconnected from herself. During this time, she began seeking some form of creative expression and found clay in 2013. Mansie was always drawn to the hand-building practice of ceramics. She even started to draw on paper in order to explore surface treatments for her work in clay and eventually this grew into an independent practice.
Both of these seemingly unrelated practices fuel each other. The lack of control that one experiences while working with ceramics and various elements of nature at play is in direct contrast to the control one experiences while drawing with various tools geared towards precision. This is a contrast that enriches the way she thinks about both of her practices.
Mansie is a self-taught artist trained through years of trial and error instead of a formal training. In pursuance of a career in the arts, she has also done a year-long post graduate course in art history ‘Modern and Contemporary Indian Art and Curatorial Studies’ from Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai in 2018-2019, in which she topped her batch.
Mansie explores her practices in ceramic as well as drawing with ink from her studio in Wadala, Mumbai.