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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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Water Nymph
Ceramic Vessel

$ 250
$ 200
Earth's Temple
Ceramic Vessel

$ 300
$ 240
Cascadian
Ceramic Vessel

$ 650
$ 520
Coral Blossoms
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,680
$ 1,344
Jungle Dream
Ceramic Vessel

$ 420
$ 336
Spring Fern Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 584
$ 467.20
Jazzy
Ceramic Vessel

$ 250
$ 200
Madame Butterfly
Ceramic Vessel

$ 250
$ 200
A New Dawn
Ceramic Vessel

$ 550
$ 440
Ivory and Bronze Trio
Ceramic Vessels

$ 1,160
$ 928
Crystal Blue Waters
Ceramic Vessels

$ 500
$ 400
Mini Align Chakra Disks
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 750
$ 600
Align Chakra Disks
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,200
$ 960
Sea Spray Urchins
Ceramic Vessel

$ 250 - $ 660
$ 200 - $ 528
Feathers
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 550
$ 440
Late Summer Hummingbird Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 440
$ 352
Tree of Life Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 922
$ 737.60
Rain Feather Carved Open Vessel
Ceramic Vessel

$ 85 - $ 260
$ 68 - $ 208
Ivory Flame Zucca Vessels
Ceramic Vessel

$ 250 - $ 580
$ 200 - $ 464
Koi and Lily Pad Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 836
$ 668.80
Ivory Flame Vessel
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 350
$ 280
Rain Feather Ceramic Wall Tile Set
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 3,200
$ 2,560
Ocean Wave Vessels with Urchin Lids
Ceramic Vessel

$ 425 - $ 890
$ 340 - $ 712
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Firecracker by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Vessel)
Firecracker
Ceramic Vessel

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Sahara Waters by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Vessels)
Sahara Waters
Ceramic Vessels

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Wind and Wave Dune Texture Tiles by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Wall Sculpture)
Wind and Wave Dune Texture Tiles
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

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Movable Magnetic Ceramic Pods by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Wall Sculpture)
Movable Magnetic Ceramic Pods
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

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Elemental Air Vessel by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Vase)
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, 2019