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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 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 Wal...
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 3,200
Elementals Ceramic Wall ...
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 4,000
Freda Mandala
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 922
Shino Botanical Triad 1
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 1,200
Shino Botanical Triad 2
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 1,200
Koi and Lily Pads disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 836
Tree of Life Backsplash
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 1,035
Sunflower
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 545
Abstract Nautilus
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 4,800
Bridge Series Number 1
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 2,400
Bridge Series Number 4
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 2,400
Botanical Disk II
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 950
Tree of Life in Cream an...
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 1,880
Mauna Kea
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 5,820
Floral Hexagon Backsplas...
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 685
Susan's Meadow
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 2,400
Field and Sky Vessels
Ceramic Vessel
by Natalie Blake
$ 225 - $ 710
Ocean Wave Vessels with ...
Ceramic Vessel
by Natalie Blake
$ 425 - $ 890
Soft Earth Vessels
Ceramic Vessel
by Natalie Blake
$ 300 - $ 1,110
Alaskan Sky
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 8,220
Autumn Glow Tree
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 4,032
Flower Star Backsplash
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 685
Vine Motif
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 1,600 - $ 2,400
Chess Piece Triad
Ceramic Vessel
by Natalie Blake
$ 1,075
Gnomes Grouping
Ceramic Vessel
by Natalie Blake
$ 190
Cathedral Series in Hone...
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 2,400
Bridge Series 2
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 2,400
Koi and Lily Pads
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 685
Honey Ripple Tiles
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 808 - $ 2,020
Dahlia
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 3,200
Warm-Toned Botanical Til...
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 3,600
Abstract in Persimmon
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 4,905
Botanical II
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 4,800
Hawaiian Sun
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 4,800
Abstract Ceramic Wall Ti...
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 1,200 - $ 1,755
Abstract Ceramic Wall Ti...
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 1,200 - $ 2,055
Abstract Ceramic Wall Ti...
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Natalie Blake
$ 1,200 - $ 2,055