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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The Joy of Sunflowers
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 1,300
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Sand and Sea by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Vessel)
Sand and Sea
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
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Moroccan Spice
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 440
Birds of a Feather
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 550
Spring Summer Fall Triptych
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 1,760
Daydream
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 420
Sacred Heart
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 525
Water's Edge
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 275
Wave and Wind Dune Disk Trio
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 1,305
Nautilus Dream
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 684
Tree of Life Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 922
Ivory Flame Zucca Vessels
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 250 - $ 580
Sea Spray Urchins
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 250 - $ 660
Koi and Lily Pad Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 836
Ivory Flame Vessel
Ceramic Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 350
Koi and Lily Pads
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 685