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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Freda Mandala
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 922
Honey Ripple Tiles
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 1,600
Koi and Lily Pads
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 685
Autumn Glow Tree
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 4,032
Blue Bell Mandala
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

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

by Natalie Blake
$ 2,400
Mauna Kea
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 5,820
Gnomes Grouping
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 190
Dahlia Mandala
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 385 - $ 922
Blue Cactus Vessels
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 250 - $ 676
Ivory Flame Vessel
Ceramic Sculpture

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

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

by Natalie Blake
$ 836
Firelight Ceramic Vessels
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 285 - $ 710
Shino Botanical Triad 2
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 1,200
Floral Hexagon Backsplash
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 685