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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Mountain Sky
Ceramic Vessel

$ 650
Fern
Ceramic Vessel

$ 400
Sunrise
Ceramic Vessel

$ 350
Winter Mint
Ceramic Vessel

$ 220
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Brilliance Tree of Life by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Wall Sculpture)
Brilliance Tree of Life
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

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Green Mountain by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Vessel)
Green Mountain
Ceramic Vessel

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Sun Kissed by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Vessel)
Sun Kissed
Ceramic Vessel

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Feathers
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 550
Sacred Heart
Ceramic Vessel

$ 525
Water's Edge
Ceramic Vessel

$ 275
Tree of Life Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 922
Sea Spray Urchins
Ceramic Vessel

$ 250 - $ 660
Ivory Flame Zucca Vessels
Ceramic Vessel

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

$ 836
Ivory Flame Vessel
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 350
Koi and Lily Pads
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 685