Manisha Bhattacharya (1961-2015)worked in the field of ceramics for three decades. She learnt pottery from Mansimran Singh at Delhi Blue Pottery [1982-84], NirmalaPatwardhanat Garhi [1984-85], and Deborah Smith & Ray Meeker at Golden Bridge Pottery in Pondicherry [1989-90]. In 1992, she went to study under Jane Hamlyn, U.K.on an Inlaks Grant. Subsequently, shereceived the Charles Wallace India Trust Award in 2001 to the School of Art& Design,UWIC, and went as a Fulbright Scholar to Alfred University [2003-04]. She was awarded the Junior Fellowship [1997-99] and the Senior Fellowship [2006-08] by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. She worked out of her terrace-studio in Delhi, and was a visiting Faculty at the Delhi College of Art, New Delhi.
Manisha participated in various exhibitions and residencies in India and abroad and made presentations on Contemporary Indian Ceramics in Turkey,Greece and Pakistan.She was part of the curatorial team for Mrittika I and II, at Bharat Bhavan,Bhopal, and Bridges,New Delhi.