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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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Desert Cactus Disk
Ceramic Wal Sculpture

$ 700
$ 595
Blossom
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,600
$ 1,360
Plumeria
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,635
$ 1,389.75
Ripple Effect
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 2,250
$ 1,912.50
Red Zinnia Mandala
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 680
$ 578
Fire Goddess II
Ceramic Vessel

$ 950
$ 807.50
Ferns in Jade
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 2,400
$ 2,040
Be Bold
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Garden Rose
Ceramic Vessel

$ 425
$ 361.25
Spring Fern Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 584
$ 496.40
Mini Align Chakra Disks
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 750
$ 637.50
Align Chakra Disks
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,200
$ 1,020
Sea Spray Urchins
Ceramic Vessel

$ 250 - $ 660
$ 212.50 - $ 561
Feathers
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 550
$ 467.50
Tree of Life Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 922
$ 783.70
Ivory Flame Zucca Vessels
Ceramic Vessel

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

$ 836
$ 710.60
Rain Feather Ceramic Wall Tile Set
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 3,200
$ 2,720
Ocean Wave Vessels with Urchin Lids
Ceramic Vessel

$ 425 - $ 890
$ 361.25 - $ 756.50
Unfurling
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

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