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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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Fly by Night Abstract Platter
Ceramic Wall Platter

by Natalie Blake
$ 650
$ 552.50
Sand and Sea Dune Carved Pair
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 800
$ 680
Windstone with Wind Lid
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 650
$ 552.50
Spring Summer Fall Triptych
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 1,760
$ 1,496
Daydream
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 420
$ 357
Green Moss
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 680
$ 578
Purple Heather
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 480
$ 408
Sacred Heart
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 525
$ 446.25
Fire and Ice
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 950
$ 807.50
Water's Edge
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 275
$ 233.75
Wave and Wind Dune Disk Trio
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 1,305
$ 1,109.25
Late Summer Hummingbird Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 440
$ 374
Nautilus Dream
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 684
$ 581.40
Feather Rain Cross Trio
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 1,200
$ 1,020
Tree of Life Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 922
$ 783.70
Rain Feather Carved Open Vessel
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 85 - $ 260
$ 72.25 - $ 221
Sea Spray Urchins
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 250 - $ 660
$ 212.50 - $ 561
Ivory Flame Zucca Vessels
Ceramic Vessel

by Natalie Blake
$ 250 - $ 580
$ 212.50 - $ 493
Koi and Lily Pad Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 836
$ 710.60
Ivory Flame Vessel
Ceramic Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 350
$ 297.50
Elementals Ceramic Wall Tile Set
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 4,000
$ 3,400
Rain Feather Ceramic Wall Tile Set
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 3,200
$ 2,720
Mauna Kea
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 5,820
$ 4,947
Susan's Meadow
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

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

by Natalie Blake
$ 425 - $ 890
$ 361.25 - $ 756.50
Koi and Lily Pads
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 685
$ 582.25
Honey Ripple Tiles
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

by Natalie Blake
$ 1,600
$ 1,360