Bridal Party Gift Idea: A Piece from Ceramicist Cynthia Vardhan

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Cynthia Vardhan attended the Rochester Institute of Technology in pursuit of an Industrial Design degree. Years later, with degree in hand, she found she had lost her passion for it entirely. Then, during a post-graduate ceramics class, she fell in love with porcelain.

Today, Vardhan has worked to perfect a process that-via a careful balance of clay, color, texture and density-allows her to produce the delicate ceramic pieces for which she's known.

You'll find Vardhan's distinctive beaded pieces-from dishes to jars, garden markers and refrigerator magnets-on display and for sale throughout Ohio and beyond, as well as online via her Etsy shop. The artist prefers customizing items to her clients' tastes and can specifically design to match wedding colors, but Vardhan notes white glaze atop white fired clay is a classic favorite. Her petite dishes are highly sought after by brides seeking a unique alternative to the ring bearer's pillow, while candles and jars have proven popular as bridal party gifts. Always designing new pieces, Vardhan's currently creating a line of wedding-cake toppers that will include her signature style.

Her own wedding, which took place in India, directly influenced Vardhan's decorative style, which mimics the ornate henna patterns traditionally painted onto the hands of brides and their attendants.

Brides seeking a unique item to include in their wedding celebration can contact Vardhan by email or view samples of her work locally at The Smithery in Grandview.