Being Sentient/Sentient Being. Will’s Creek Exhibition/ Allegany Arts Council.                                                                                                                                               9N Centre St. Cumberland MD 21502                                                                                     9/9/17 – 9/30/17                                                                                                                           Juror: Aneta Georgievska-Shine

 Pair of Ratri Sukta porcelain tile books, printed paper versos

Thoughts about linguistic and scientific relativism guide the imagery in most of my work. Schiaparelli’s drawings of Mars and the Vedic hymns in the two Ratri Sukta books present a playful, amalgamated cosmos that the ancient invaders of India may have imagined two millennia ago as they looked at the night skies of the Gangetic plain.

March 26th 2017: Presentation on the inspiration and use of poetry in my ceramic work. Waverly Street Gallery, Bethesda MD 20814.

 Basho Box (see Poetry Boxes)

Creative Crafts Council 2017 Biennial Exhibition. April 8 – May 21, 2017. Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda MD 20852. StarChart 1, 3, & 4.  Award: First Prize in Ceramics.  Jurors: Maurine Littleton, Rebecca Stevens, Matthew Hyleck.

 StarChart3 (See MapQuest)

Gateway Arts Center, Invited Front Window Featured Artist, May through July, 2017. 3901 Rhode Island Ave. Brentwood MD 20722. Curator: John Thomas Paradiso

 Exploration Box

Montgomery Potters Exhibition. July 7 – September 2, 2017. Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring MD 20860. Disappearing Narrative: pair of stoneware wall tiles; Subtext: Trio of stoneware wall tiles. Juror: Lisa York.

 Subtext wall tiles

Washington Printmakers National Small Works Exhibition. August 3 -27, 2017. 1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Washington DC 20007. Bradbury: accordion tile book; recto, slip and print on tile, verso, printed rag papers. Award: Honorable Mention. Juror: Scott Hutchison

Creative Crafts Council 2017 Biennial Prizewinners, The Popcorn Gallery, Glen Echo, MD. August 4 -27, 2017. Glen Echo MD 20812. StarChart: stoneware vessel.  Curator: Jaimianne Amicucci.


Cartography. August 4 – 27, 2017. The Gray Gallery, 43 S. Cameron St. Winchester VA. Mandala: stoneware vessel; Ratri Sukta : porcelain wall tiles (4); StarChart Flasks 1 – 4, stoneware vessels.

 StarChart Flask 1

Work now on view at the Renwick Gallery Shop, 1700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC 20006:  Galileo Flasks



MapQuest: new work in clay
November 8 – December 3, 2016
Waverly Street Gallery, Bethesda MD                                                                                             Vessels, wall tiles, tile books with paper versos.
 See MapQuest page of this website.


Inaugural Exhibition of District Clay                  November 19, 2016 – January 15, 2017.

kanikasircar_barthesbox3_2990 Barthes Box

Winter 2016 Stone Tower and Popcorn Galleries, Glen Echo Park, MD, November 19 – January 15: wall tiles, boxes, jars;;  Glen Echo Potters Annual sale GWU Mt. Vernon Campus,  December 2 -December 4, plates, platters, and a lidded container or two; Waverly Street Gallery Members Show,, December 3, 2016 – January 6, 2017

Summer Garden 2 Summer Garden wall tile

 Sufi Whispers

IMG_2365 Server with a waiting bird

Borders. The piece below is an example of a series referring to the Partition of the Indian subcontinent. It was shown at the 24th Strictly Functional Pottery National (



 For other images of the Borders series see the MapQuest page


Exploration Vessels

Isobars, ocean currents, unreliable maps and spiny Australian plants on the surface of these pieces, interspersed with fragments from the diaries of Captain Cook or the thoughts of Captain Ahab, refer to the fervor and dread with which we sail into the unknown. Objectively perceived terrain or boundaries are also sketches of emotion and aspiration, “unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure”.

On view at the Renwick Gallery shop, 1700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006.

Creative Crafts Council 2015 Award Winners Exhibition  October 2015-May 2016

Brainwaves This piece received a Ceramic Society of DC award. It is one of a series of  Poetry Boxes/Brainwaves. I think of spinning Sufis, the alpha brainwaves leading to the poems, and the graphic imagery on the boxes evoking those of carpets and tiles.This is Rumi’s poem printed onto the surface:

Dance, when you’re broken open.

Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.

Dance in the middle of the fighting.

Dance in your blood.

Dance when you’re perfectly free . . . .

Neruda Plates.

Some of these were in the 23rd Strictly Functional Pottery National 2015 exhibit. I feel that dishes for food might remind those who can eat of those who can’t. So these plates have excerpts from Pablo Neruda’s “The Great Tablecloth”; for example:

Eating alone is a disappointment,

but not eating matters more,

is hollow and green, has thorns

like a child of fish-hooks 

trailing from the heart,

clawing at your insides.

 For News from previous years, please visit the page nested into this one: “Past”