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the journey | self & clay

Inspired by her daily walks amongst the limestone crags and scars of the Yorkshire Dales, Rachelle seeks to recreate these imperfect surfaces on each of her pieces. This textural landscape always has something new to share and each day it changes to show another side of itself.

Moody, overcast & grey skies, the elegant rise and fall of the swifts on the wind, a crow watching, the bare branches of trees gently succumbing to the ever pestering wind. A narrative that subtly changes with the ebb and flow of the weather. All noted, many recalled on the layers of the ceramic surface.

Hand-building using age old techniques of pinching, coiling and shaping slowly and thoughtfully with her hands, layers are added and scraped away, various clays are used to achieve different textures and finishes. Gathered pieces, a natural collector there is always something to be found in a pocket, crumbled or broken that can be added to a surface. There is a sense, a feeling that the pots are like ourselves, layers of debris, sharp, soft, gouged, gentle hiding the strength that lies beneath.