HomeLifestyleyear-end table | Ishaan Kashyap blends the old and the new

year-end table | Ishaan Kashyap blends the old and the new

A festive table with red batik tablecloths, obavara pots, square ceramic plates with copper glaze, and bunches of sweet narcissus

A festive table with a red batik tablecloth, Obavara ware, copper-glazed square porcelain plates, and bunches of sweet narcissus | photo credit: ishaan kashyap

It’s the start of winter and as the last big festive season kicks off, the table is taking centerstage. The sweet scent of narcissus thick in the air as I set up this spread, a nod to food, craftsmanship and memories. As a chef, I choose fresh seasonal ingredients and unique tableware with equal care. I also work with a number of platforms, studios, craft groups and factories as part of my venture, Tablescape – a concept store for artistic, functional objects – to undertake design interventions for a modern setting. Here I have a table and its stories.

Black Cuddapah Stone Platter & Copper Luster Glazed Square Ceramic Plates

Black Cuddapah Stone Thali & Copper Glazed Square Ceramic Plate | photo credit: ishaan kashyap

as tabletop underliner

This year, I wanted to bring out pieces I’ve collected over the years, such as the large, one-of-a-kind, black Cuddapah stone plates—actually, they’re tabletops made in Agra that I acquired from the Crafts Museum . In Delhi – that I am using as table mat.

red to tie

bright red lacquer Batik The tablecloth from West Bengal, with its grid-like pattern and earthy tones to break the monotony of the lines, was a gift from many years ago. But the contemporary design is still very chic.

squared away

To break up the symmetry of the black stone mat, there are square ceramic plates with a bright copper glaze from the Khurja pottery village of Uttar Pradesh. This is a low-fire finish that is extremely difficult to achieve. The contrast of brown with copper makes the setting warm yet modern.

Obavara pots are made by applying a finish on the pottery to seal the porous surface before dipping it in a flour-sugar-yeast mixture.

Obavara pots are made by applying a finish on the pottery to seal the porous surface before dipping it in a flour-sugar-yeast mixture. photo credit: ishaan kashyap

yeast and ceramics

The showstoppers are the Obavara utensils. Similar to Japan’s raku pottery, these are made with a firing process that originated around the 12th century in the Baltic region, and include a finish on the pottery to seal the porous surface. The pieces are dipped in a flour-sugar-yeast mixture before being dipped in water for rapid cooling. The effect is amazing. My ceramics are made by rustic studios and local potters in Kutch.

place setting for nostalgia

The table is set not only with functional utensils but also with objects of affection. Like that brass spoon that my grandmother gave me. he used to make it Gujia – It served a dual role of keeping the mixture on the dough and cutting it quickly. The big oysters are from my recent trip to Mahabalipuram; The cutlery is all different, and obtained from flea markets; And the lightweight, hand-carved Naga bamboo glasses are the perfect foil. Finally, the small terracotta plates from Mogra Studio in Ahmedabad reflect my love for the material with its modern glaze.

Ishaan Kashyap is a chef and restaurateur.

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