My work calls attention to the beauty of nature that often goes unnoticed, particularly petals, stems, plants, and other elements of nature which continuously fuel my inspiration. When surrounded by nature, I find the sense of belonging that I search for as an immigrant in a foreign land. I use underglaze trailing and painting techniques on ceramics to illustrate exaggerated forms, colors, and textures that are derived from my experience of being in nature. By letting my imagination guide the use of plants and petals in my work, I hope to bring that joy into others' everyday rituals. As one explores the intimate details of my work, I would like to emphasize that I intend to encourage viewers to observe the minute details of all aspects of our surroundings and appreciate the significance of our co-existence.
Yesha Panchal was born in Gujarat, India, and currently living in Suwanee, GA. She earned her BFA with a concentration in ceramics at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA in 2017. She is currently an instructor at the Hudgens Center for Art in Duluth, GA, an organizer of the Clay to Table, serves on the board of NCECA, and works from a home studio. Her article “Working Potter” and work were published in “Thoughts on Collaboration” in the June/July/August 2022 issue of Ceramics Monthly.