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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.

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Ferns in Jade
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 2,400
Fire Goddess II
Ceramic Vessel

$ 950
Tropical Paradise
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 7,140
Ocean Queen
Ceramic Vessel

$ 850
Garden Rose
Ceramic Vessel

$ 425
Desert Sunset
Ceramic Vessel

$ 650
Deep
Ceramic Vessel

$ 350
Sun Salutation
Ceramic Vessel

$ 225
Full Circle
Ceramic Vessel

$ 1,200
Moss on Snow
Ceramic Vessel

$ 385
Cascade
Ceramic Vessel

$ 450
Glacial Lake
Ceramic Vessel

$ 300
Be Bold
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 2,500
Hot Date
Ceramic Vessel

$ 595
Quiet Slumber
Ceramic Vessel

$ 584
Fire Burst
Ceramic Vessel

$ 285
Alpenglow
Ceramic Vessel

$ 550
Sahara Topaz
Ceramic Vessel

$ 280
Cerulean Lotus
Ceramic Vessel

$ 285
Cascadian
Ceramic Vessel

$ 650
Spring Fern Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 584
Coral Blossoms
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,680
Mini Align Chakra Disks
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 750
Align Chakra Disks
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,200
Sea Spray Urchins
Ceramic Vessel

$ 250 - $ 660
Feathers
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
Ivory Flame Vessel
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 350
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Buttercup by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Vessel)
Buttercup
Ceramic Vessel

 
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Oasis Flower by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Vessel)
Oasis Flower
Ceramic Vessel

 
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Summer Bounty by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Vessel)
Summer Bounty
Ceramic Vessel

 
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Zen Temple by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Vessel)
Zen Temple
Ceramic Vessel

 
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Stormy Skies by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Vessel)
Stormy Skies
Ceramic Vessel

 
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Spanish Moss by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Vessel)
Spanish Moss
Ceramic Vessel

 
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Tall Grass by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Vessel)
Tall Grass
Ceramic Vessel

 
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Sea Flower by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Vessel)
Sea Flower
Ceramic Vessel

 
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Seascape by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Vessel)
Seascape
Ceramic Vessel

 
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Day at the Beach by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Vessel)
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, 2019