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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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Alpenglow
Ceramic Vessel

$ 550
Emerald Forest
Ceramic Vessel

$ 250
Surfacing
Ceramic Vessel

$ 385
Cerulean Lotus
Ceramic Vessel

$ 285
Fire Goddess
Ceramic Vessel

$ 650
Sahara Topaz
Ceramic Vessel

$ 280
Coral Blossoms
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,680
Cascadian
Ceramic Vessel

$ 650
A New Dawn
Ceramic Vessel

$ 550
Spring Fern Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 584
Jazzy
Ceramic Vessel

$ 250
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
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, 2019