About us

The Clay Company is a vibrant and dynamic studio dedicated to teaching pottery and producing handcrafted small-batch ceramics. We now have two inviting locations: our original cozy nook in the bustling electronics market of Nehru Place, New Delhi, and our new spacious studio in Gurgaon. Both studios are havens for those who share our deep and enduring love for clay.

Founded in 2012, The Clay Company began as a teaching hub, offering pottery workshops for adults. By 2015, we evolved into a comprehensive setup, not just a hobby center but also a producer of handcrafted ceramics for both commercial and home use.

At The Clay Company, our passion shines through every piece we create and every lesson we teach. We strive to perfect the experience, ensuring that whether you're in our studio or using our products, you feel the craftsmanship, creativity, and joy behind them. 

Our inclusive philosophy welcomes beginners to our classes and draws inspiration from around the globe for our production line. Our small team of like-minded potters shares an eye for detail and a love for creating beautiful, joyful experiences and objects. 

 

Aparna Choudhrie Kala [ Founder ]

Our dearest Founder established The Clay Company in the year 2011. Her journey is a blend of corporate excellence and creative discovery. With over 13 years in leadership roles at giants like PricewaterhouseCoopers, GE/Genpact, and Infosys BPO, she thrived in global roles across India and Europe, living in New Delhi and London. Armed with a Bachelor's in Economics from St. Stephen’s College and a Master's in Business from Carnegie Mellon University, Aparna had a stellar corporate career.

In 2004, seeking balance from her stressful corporate life, she stumbled upon her true passion: pottery. What began as a calming hobby quickly became a life-altering passion under the guidance of talented potter Monica Grewal in New Delhi. This newfound love for ceramics led Aparna to take breaks from her corporate job to pursue pottery. She trained at The La Meridiana Ceramics School in Tuscany and the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. She later learned from renowned Raku specialist Manisha Bhattacharya in India.

Seven years later, Aparna left her corporate career to establish The Clay Company, making the joy of ceramics accessible to all. Aparna's venture grew from workshops at the Alliance Francaise in New Delhi to collaborations with Manisha Bhattacharya and IFCI. In December 2015, The Clay Company opened its first studio in Nehru Place, New Delhi, offering regular workshops and classes.