Rachel Bray

Ceramic Artist

I use clay to explore how the horizon links the sea and the sky, using the colours of the clay as a painter might use a palette. The action of joining the coloured coils with the repetitive scraping of my fingers, moves the clay in an absorbing, almost meditative action, producing both the physical suggestion of the landscape and the mental calm of being immersed within it. 

The weight of the heavily rounded base, rising as a geological foundation for the sky is integral to the building of the form. I am interested in how the proportions move from dark earth to light air relate to the height and form of the pot. 

The careful scraping back, refining the lines of the pot contrast with the tapered, pinched and scraped edge, defining the tension between the ability to control the world around you, and the need to accept imperfection in life.

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