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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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Fern
Ceramic Vessel

$ 400
Autumn Leaves
Ceramic Vessel

$ 350
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Mountain Sky by Natalie Blake (Ceramic Vessel)
Mountain Sky
Ceramic Vessel

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Winter's Glow
Ceramic Vessel

$ 420
Sunrise
Ceramic Vessel

$ 350
Winter Mint
Ceramic Vessel

$ 220
Floral Melody
Ceramic Vessel

$ 350
Sunset's Blush
Ceramic Vessel

$ 600
Feathers
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 550
Sacred Heart
Ceramic Vessel

$ 525
Water's Edge
Ceramic Vessel

$ 275
Wave and Wind Dune Disk Trio
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,305
Tree of Life Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 922
Ivory Flame Zucca Vessels
Ceramic Vessel

$ 250 - $ 580
Sea Spray Urchins
Ceramic Vessel

$ 250 - $ 660
Koi and Lily Pad Disk
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 836
Ivory Flame Vessel
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 350
Koi and Lily Pads
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 685