Thursday, 12 April 2012

Rebirth Photos: Raw State.

Here are some photos of Rebirth in its raw state (unfired). I used a simple Buff clay for a few reasons; it has a fairly wide firing range, once bisque fired it has a toast colour (this is good for applying bright colours to, in my opinion), It’s robust enough for hand building but still smooth enough to apply detail to. It was made about 18 months ago and I’m still looking for a place to get this piece fired, sadly. Size approx: 13 x 5 x 9 inches.
The cracks are deliberate.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Rebirth: sketch

This is a sketch for a sculpture called Rebirth I drew roughly two years ago using pencils ranging from 2H to 4B on Moleskine paper, approx size 3 x 4 inches. Rebirth symbolises the start of a new life for me and a new way of thinking. It’s mainly based upon the growth structures of plant life and insects, for example seeds, blossom, larva, pupa, etc. I have always been influenced by organic materials within my work, mainly taking existing recognisable organic matter and recreating a new form (usually with inorganic materials such as chrome, for this sculpture I have decided to go for a purely organic structure). I will be using a fairly robust but smooth clay body for this piece. Something I can add texture too where needed without the limitations of a heavily groged clay. As for glazing, I’m not very traditional in that department. I would rather use car paints, varnishes, air brushing or just oxides, as I like to keep the use of glaze to a minimum.

Monday, 9 April 2012


Hello and welcome to my blog. I am and ceramic and polymer clay artist from South Wales U.K. I hope you enjoy viewing my sketches and sculptures.

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Rachel Ellis