Rachel takes inspiration from her local surroundings as well as being influenced by her travels in South America. She trained as a graphic designer and Rachel uses the skills she developed in much of her work. Inheriting a kiln enabled her to create the colourful pictures and ceramic buttons. This trademark registered design is the basis for much of her work with ceramics and textiles. We’ve chatted to Rachel to find out more…..
Did you always want to be an artist? How did you get started?
Yes from a very young age I was always drawing or colouring in or making things.
Who or what inspires you as an artist?
Living in The isle of Ireland the beautiful villages inspire me, having a love of colour and wanting to make something different and unique.
Have any other artists been influential in your work ?
No. I try to not be influenced by other artists and keep it all from me and what I see around me and explore the limits of my imagination.
What makes your pieces unique?
I individually handcraft each building or tree or washing line myself and along with the driftwood never being the same it results in a unique piece of artwork. I use my imagination and go with where I think it’s taking me creatively. I also get the frames made to my specifications.
Is there a specific technique that you use?
I use a variety of techniques from a basket of skills I have learnt over the years from Cambridge to Ecuador and Peru to NI. I use jewellery making skills, graphics design skills, ceramic, card making, weaving.
Do you have a favourite material that you work with?
As my work is mixed media I get the opportunity to use a variety of materials and I enjoy each process. I love the clay work and building the houses and then I get bored and it’s time to glaze and then while the bits are in the kiln I love working with the wire and trees.
What projects are you currently working on?
A whole host of commissions and experimenting with new glazed to make plenty for the show
Do you have a favourite pieces or one that you are most proud of?
Yes it’s on my mantelpiece!
Where can we buy your work?
Direct from me in my studio in Conway mill, from my website or Etsy shop or from up to 10 local shops around the province. I can make personalised pictures or decorations for people.
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