Aparna Choudhrie Kala

Aparna has spent 13+ years in the Corporate world in various leadership roles across Management Consulting and Business Process Outsourcing with companies such as PriceWaterHouse Coopers, GE/Genpact and Infosys BPO.  She has worked in global roles in India and across Europe and has lived in New Delhi and London.

Aparna has a Bachelors degree in Economics from St Stephen’s College, Delhi University and a Masters Degree in Business from Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania.

She discovered her passion for pottery and ceramics in 2004 quite by accident - when someone suggested she balance her stressful corporate life with a calming and therapeutic hobby - studio pottery.  She started her lessons with an accomplished and talented potter Monica Grewal in New Delhi and almost immediately, she discovered a passion for Ceramics she never knew she had. 

Balancing a demanding corporate career with a passion, Aparna took breaks dedicated to pottery and ceramics whenever she could. She completed a course in Tuscany at The La Meridiana Ceramic School dabbling in porcelain and raku, and another in Sculpture at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.  Back in India for a few years, Aparna went on to learn from one of the most well known Raku specialists in the country, Manisha Bhattacharya.

Seven years down the road from her first introduction to pottery & ceramics, Aparna has given up her corporate career to set up The Clay Company - a company that aims to make the joy & passion of ceramics accessible to anyone interested in working with clay.  In May 2011, she conducted a pottery workshop at the Alliance Francaise, in New Delhi.  In July Aparna conducted a joint workshop with Manisha Bhattacharya for IFCI with Indus Art Live. And since then, The Clay Company has conducted a number of workshops in Delhi as well as at our outdoor studio in Rishikesh.