Natalie Blake

"I attribute the simplicity of my forms to a desire that my vessels have a whole and graceful presence. I want my work to make a bold and prominent statement, yet reserve restful composure."

Ceramicist Natalie Blake credits her first influence in college, Susan Balboni, who referred to the vessel as a spirit keeper. The concept of the vessel as the safeguard of the space inside is prevalent in all of Blake's work.

Returning to the thrown vessel time after time, Blake is always entranced by the possibility of capturing the poise and vibrancy of clay as it expands outwards on the wheel. She has worked with the lidded vessel for the past fourteen years, always interested in giving voice to subconscious experiences through free drawing on the thrown vessel. By using the thrown form as canvas, images are influenced by the same intuitive tools used to create three-dimensional as well as two-dimensional expressions. The particular curves of the thrown piece influence the movement of the pencil over soft clay.

Blake's pieces are thrown, carved, fired with stone-matte surfaces in rich colors, and finished with hand built lids in porcelain. Her carving is inspired by aquatic, botanical, industrial, and mythical elements. The sculptural components and layered colors create a lush depth of surface, an inviting texture, and a sense of three-dimensional space. Her carving has been referenced to folded fabric, conjuring the image of expandability through breath. Creating a piece that conveys fullness and ripeness is what satisfies the artist.

Desert Cactus Disk
Ceramic Wal Sculpture

$ 700
Red Zinnia Mandala
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 680
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,600
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,635
Ripple Effect
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 2,250
Ferns in Jade
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 2,400
Garden Rose
Ceramic Vessel

$ 425
Be Bold
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 2,500
Spring Fern Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 584
Mini Align Chakra Disks
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 750
Align Chakra Disks
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,200
Sea Spray Urchins
Ceramic Vessel

$ 250 - $ 660
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 550
Tree of Life Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 922
Ivory Flame Zucca Vessels
Ceramic Vessel

$ 250 - $ 580
Koi and Lily Pad Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 836
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, 2019