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 Natalie 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.

Natalie 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 artist Natalie Blake.
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Rain Feather Ceramic Wall Tile Set
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 3,200
$ 2,720
Berry Crush Sculptural Vessels
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 285 - $ 710
$ 242.25 - $ 603.50
Vine Motif
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 1,600 - $ 2,400
$ 1,360 - $ 2,040
Ocean Wave Vessels with Urchin Lids
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 425 - $ 890
$ 361.25 - $ 756.50
Dahlia
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 3,200
$ 2,720
Botanical II
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 4,800
$ 4,080
Warm-Toned Botanical Tiles 12"x12"
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 3,600
$ 3,060
Soft Earth Vessels
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 300 - $ 425
$ 255 - $ 361.25
Freda Mandala
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 922
$ 783.70
Honey Ripple Tiles
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 808 - $ 2,020
$ 686.80 - $ 1,717
Koi and Lily Pads
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 685
$ 582.25
Abstract Ceramic Wall Tiles in Cashew
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 1,200 - $ 2,055
$ 1,020 - $ 1,746.75
Autumn Glow Tree
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 4,032
$ 3,427.20
Chess Piece Triad
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 1,075
$ 913.75
Abstract Ceramic Wall Tiles in Robin's Egg
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 1,200 - $ 2,055
$ 1,020 - $ 1,746.75
Abstract Ceramic Wall Tiles in Warm Tones
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 1,200 - $ 1,755
$ 1,020 - $ 1,491.75
Blue Bell Mandala
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 922
$ 783.70
Susan's Meadow
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 2,400
$ 2,040
Squash Blossom Vessels
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 250 - $ 600
$ 212.50 - $ 510
Mauna Kea
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 5,820
$ 4,947
Gnomes Grouping
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 190
$ 161.50
Dahlia Mandala
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 385 - $ 922
$ 327.25 - $ 783.70
Elementals Ceramic Wall Tile Set
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 4,000
$ 3,400
Alaskan Sky
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 8,220
$ 6,987
Blue Cactus Vessels
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 250 - $ 676
$ 212.50 - $ 574.60
Tree of Life Backsplash
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 1,035
$ 879.75
Ivory Flame Vessel
Ceramic Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 350
$ 297.50
Shino Botanical Triad 1
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 1,200
$ 1,020
Koi and Lily Pad Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 836
$ 710.60
Firelight Ceramic Vessels
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 285 - $ 710
$ 242.25 - $ 603.50
Bridge Series 2
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 2,400
$ 2,040
Abstract in Persimmon
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 4,905
$ 4,169.25
Cathedral Series in Honey Glaze
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 2,400
$ 2,040
Tree of Life in Cream and Jade
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 1,880
$ 1,598
Jade Clear Light
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 525
$ 446.25
Flower Star Backsplash
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 685
$ 582.25
Bridge Series Number 1
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 2,400
$ 2,040
Shino Botanical Triad 2
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 1,200
$ 1,020
Bridge Series Number 4
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 2,400
$ 2,040
Floral Hexagon Backsplash
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 685
$ 582.25