In the forty-odd years as an accomplished sculptor, the ceramics of P.R.Daroz's reflect the transition of the country's clay art form from functional vessel to sculpture and architectural installations. His sheer exuberance of expression in the medium triumphs over the adversities faced by the ceramist in India -limited local resources, adulterated and impure raw materials, inadequate kilns and firing facilities and, technology. Overcoming these odds to create finely crafted, conceptually sound and technically masterful works of clay art are what one sees in the phenomenal body of work of Pandurangiah Daroz.
P.R.Daroz was born in a family of goldsmiths on 5 th may 1944 in rural Andhra Pradesh in Jillela , a small village about 80 kms. from Hyderabad .Belonging to a family of goldsmiths where things of immense beauty were wrought from the rich and precious noble metal, where there never was a grammar to explain or measure that beauty but his own sensibility was drawn towards the tensile quality of clay and the rustic spontanaiety of sheer touch.
As a child helping his goldsmith father make clay Ganeshas at the annual Ganesh Chaturthi, an important Hindu festival, Daroz learnt to enjoy the sensousness of working with clay. Gazing at from the roof top of the village house, Daroz's young and malleable mind was enchanted by the smoke and flame coming out from the kilns fired by palm leaves by local potters. Soon realizing even as a youth dabbling in occasional play with clay,that the patience and perseverance required in clay art is much deeper and demanding than what is required in goldsmithing, Daroz soon detached himself from the noble metal and enrolled himself in the Hyderabad School of Art in 1961 when he was 16 years old. The five-year course included Drawing and Painting in Fine Arts as well as Applied Art and Design. He studied textile design, metal embossing work and leather craft. “ I was good in life study. But I wanted to work with my hands and do something which involves both the hand and the mind.”
At the time of his graduation, the Andhra Pradesh Lalit Kala Akademi used to give scholarships to study art in other states. Though Daroz had not yet touched the potter's wheel, he was accepted into the Ceramics Program with scholarship by virtue of having previously studied Applied Art and Design. He left for Baroda in 1970 on what was to become the beginnings of his pioneering art work in contemporary Ceramics of India which odessey Daroz still continues to travel.