Rachel FoxwellImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: 29 Greville Street, Southville, Bristol, UK, BS3 1EF. View in Google Maps
Telephone: 07812036563
Email:
Web-site: www.rachelfoxwell.co.uk
Availability: Visitors welcome please telephone first.
Joined on: 2008-07-31
Last Updated: 2012-01-27

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

My work draws upon observations of coastal landscapes and inspiration from vintage and modern objects to interpret compositions of line and colour into simple geometric designs for a range of unique, handcrafted cylindrical vessels. 

The slab process enables me to use  earthenware clay as a canvas, where I apply layers of slips and oxides using printmaking techniques. Graduations of hues are spliced with highlights of bold colour that flow freely in contrast with the interior's solid, bold colour. Every shade introduced compliments the others to create a distinction and correspondence in the same instant. 

I encourage observers to touch and explore the vessels' different textures - a smooth and rough exterior juxtapose the glossy interior. 

My range of vessels are simple yet contemplative. They stand individually with style and elegance or as a small group, which collectively unite through colour, scale and movement to create a defined space.  

Current Work

Current Work

Work Generally Available from:
Bircham Gallery, Norfolk
Porthminster Gallery, St.Ives
The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds
Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge

Technical Information

Technical Information

Each vessel is slab-built using white earthenware clay.  The surface patterns and textures are created using slips containg varying amounts of commercial stains.  I fire in an electric kiln to 1000, an then each piece is sanded and glazed with a glossy earthenware glaze. I  re-fire to 1120, before giving each piece a final sand and polish.

Background History

Background History

Education:
2000 - BA(Hons) Ceramics,   University of Wales, Institute Cardiff
1997 - Foundation Art and Design, Trowbridge College FE
Date of Birth: 1978
Awards:
2011 - 'Best Ceramics' Contemporary Craft Fair

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

2011 - 'MAKE', Devon Guild of Craftsmen
2011 - ‘Objects of Desire’, Chapel Gallery, Lancaster
2011 - ‘Celebration’, Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge
2011 - ‘Showcase’, The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds
2011 - ‘Summer in St.Ives’, Porthminster gallery, St.Ives
2011 - The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey

2010 - ‘Eye candy’, Forge 10
2010 - ‘Window’, Love Handmade, Stratford-upon -Avon
2009 - ‘Ceramic Showcase’, Ferrers Gallery
2009 - ‘Christmas show’, Centrespace, Bristol
2009 - ‘Christmas gifts’, Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
2009 - Art in Cay, Farnham Maltings
2009 - Art in Clay, Hatfield House
2009 - The Contemporary Craft Fair
2009 - Ruthin Centre for Applied Arts

2008 - Origin, The Contemporary Craft Fair, Somerset House
2008 - Galanthus Gallery, Hereford
2008 - Rarefind Winter Craft, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2008 - The Courtyard Gallery, Selbourne, Hampshire
2008 - Made 08, Brighton
2008 - Gallery on the Square, St.Ives, Cornwall
2008 - Spring into Summer’, The Alexander Gallery, Brighton
2008 - Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey
2008 - Clay Art Wales

2007 - CPA Oxford Ceramic Fair, associate stand
2007 - ‘Summer exhibition’, Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford
2007 - 'New work’, NB Gallery, Trowbridge
2006 - ‘Making It’, Black Swan Arts, Frome
2006 - ‘Organic’, Gallery 23, Lancaster
2005 - The Craft Shop, Black Swan Arts, Frome
2005 - Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey
2005 - Open studios, Widcombe Studios, Bath

Work Styles

Work Styles

Earthenware
Landscape
Handbuilt
Kitchen & Tableware