Rachel makes stoneware ceramics for the table, her intention is to make beautiful objects to use everyday, pieces that enhance the everyday rituals of morning coffee, tea or shared meals times. Rachel’s work is hand thrown and decorated with glazes she mixes herself from the raw materials. Everything is fired in an electric kiln to 1240 C.
Having originally trained in textile design a lot of the inspiration for Rachel’s work comes from fashion and textiles as well as fine art and architecture. Rachel’s work blends the traditional techniques of studio pottery with a contemporary fresh edge, combining the natural qualities of the clay with clean colours and experimental patterns.
About The Artist
Rachel originally trained in Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art and then completed an MA in Textiles at UCA Farnham, she has been making ceramics for over twenty years and now works from her home studio in Salisbury.
Textiles and ceramics have always run side by side for Rachel, each providing a tactile experience both in the making and the using. Throwing pots on the wheel is about creating forms and curves that feel right in the hands as well as to the eye.
The texture and brushstrokes of the glaze, the weight of the pot in your hand and the marks of the making process in the finished piece are all a part of the joy of handmade ceramics, all of Rachel’s pieces are unique.