Rachel WoodImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: 7 West Workshops, The Harley Foundation, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, UK, S80 3LW. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44(0)1909 808995
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Web-site: www.rachelwoodceramics.co.uk
Availability: Please telephone first.


Last Updated: 2019-03-06

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

Pablo Picasso: “ What does it mean for a painter to use one artist’s style or another? You have to paint like someone else…. But you make a mess of everything. And it’s when you make a mess of everything that you are yourself.”

This quote struck a chord with me as a student back in 1999 at Loughborough College of Art & Design. I was trying to develop my own style, and searching for a way forward, some inspiration. I was trying too hard. I applied this liberating philosophy to my making – it became energetic, experimental and free. Working as assistant to Robin Welch in 2007 was a pivotal moment in my creative development and career. We both share a love of Australia, which for me, manifests itself as deliberate directness, urgency and rawness in the physical manipulation of the clay.

I believe that Picasso’s words also apply to the challenges in life and are not just limited to creative struggles. It’s how we assemble what happens in our lives, and make sense of our experiences, which build the whole personal picture. As humans, we have a head, two legs, two arms…all the necessary ingredients to make us ‘complete’, the finished product. Pots, by comparison, have a base, rim, form, maybe function…to make the finished product. Perfect? Not always. As we go about our life, stuff happens, good and bad…some of it we deal with…some of it not…sometimes we handle it well, other times not…but hopefully we make sense of these challenges. We all have cracks, weak areas, and bruises, partnered with fortitude, stamina and resolute areas of our characters. They all form part of the whole to reveal vital, strong, yet vulnerable, individuals. I compare this philosophy to my work and making methodology. There are cracks, fissures, and tears. There are joins that are normally potential weaknesses, but I develop them to become strong features in the pieces. Some areas are soft; some are bold and rugged. Altogether they emerge as strong, unique and confident forms.

The impulsive desire we all have to want to touch, and the inherent emotional need to be touched, underpins the technical, creative and emotional foundations of my work. My personal intuitive touch is an integral part of these pots - a dent in the soft clay, a tear, rip, and a finger or handprint in the glaze. I want each pot to convey its own spirit and character...to have a pulse and a heartbeat. I want the marks to reflect the journey of exploration and learning in each pot, just as a wrinkle or dimple depicts expression and character in a human face.

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

Art in Clay - Farnham : Art in Clay at Farnham 2019
November 16, 2019 to November 17, 2019

Current Work

Current Work

Work generally available from:
Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire
Gallery at Bevere, Worcester
Bircham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
Gallerytopp, Rowsley, Derbyshire
Contemporary Ceramics Centre, Bloomsbury, London
Robert Fogell Gallery, Stamford, Lincs
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
Terra Delft, Delft, Netherlands
Onlineceramics.com

Other Information:
See Rachel's blog at: rachelwood-ceramics.blogspot.co.uk

Technical Information

Technical Information

I use a combination of throwing and hand building techniques, which create highly textured, tactile and energetic surfaces. The conical bowls are inspired by the natural landscape of nearby Derbyshire. They are pinched and coiled, swathed with layers of slips and glaze. The Australian bush inspires the vertical forms, Bark vessels, after a residency there in 2013.

Education

Education

1980-84 BA Hons in Modern Languages
1996-99 BA Hons in 3D Design (Ceramics), Loughborough University

Awards & Membership

Awards & Membership

2017 Diessen Ceramic Prize, Germany
2017 Harley Foundation Trust Award
2017 CPA Charitable Trust Award
2016 Neue Keramik prize, Germany
2013 Arts Council Grants For the Arts Award
2013 CPA Charitable Trust Award
2009 CPA Charitable Trust Award
2007 Arts Council Grants For the Arts Award
2004 Arts Council Grants For the Arts Award
2003 East Midlands Arts Board Mentoring Scheme

CPA Professional member

Residencies

Residencies

2019 Sturt Craft Centre, Mittagong, NSW, Australia
2018 Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Centre, Denmark
2013 Sturt Craft Centre, Mittagong, NSW, Australia
2007 Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
2007 Assistant to Robin Welch, Suffolk

Public Collections

Public Collections

Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre, Denmark
Diessen am Ammersee Ceramic Collection, Germany
Die Neue Sammlung, Design Museum, Weiden, Germany
Sturt Craft Centre, Mittagong, NSW, Australia
Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney, Australia

Creative Professional Summary

Creative Professional Summary

2019 Residential tutor at Lehmhuus AG, Switzerland
2019 Residential tutor at Kunst-Handwerk-Wein, Austria
2019 Residential tutor at Sturt Craft Centre, Australia
2018 Residential tutor at Kunst-Handwerk-Wein School of Ceramics, Austria
2018 Residential tutor at La Meridiana, Tuscany, Italy

2017 Residential tutor at La Meridiana, Tuscany, Italy
2017 Residential tutor at Keramikgruppe, Hoehr- Grenzhausen, Germany
2007-15 Ceramic tutor at Rufford Craft Centre
2007-10 Sessional ceramic tutor at West Notts College, Mansfield
2009-10 Ceramic technician p/t, West Notts College
2007 Visiting lecturer, Nottingham Trent University
2006 Visiting lecturer at Avondale College, Cooranbong, & University of Canberra, Australia
2004-07 Arts Strategy & Development Officer, Gedling Borough Council, Arnold, Nottingham
2000-04 Project & Community Development Officer (P/T), Rufford Craft Centre

Exhibitions and Recent Events (summary)

Exhibitions and Recent Events (summary)

Regular participation since 2007 at international ceramic markets: Earth & Fire, Art In Clay, Potfest in the Park, Oxford Ceramic Fair, Art In Action, Keramisto (NL), Swalmen (NL), Diessen Ammersee (Germany), Oldenburg (Germany).

2019 Galerie Metzger, Johannesberg, Germany
2019 ‘Sentient’, solo exhibition, Sturt Craft Centre, Mittagong, NSW, Australia
2019 ‘Bowls with Character’, Terra Delft, Delft, NL
2019 ‘Vases en Fleurs’, Le Lavoir Céramique, Clamart, France

2018 Meister der Moderne, Munich, Germany
2018 Ceramic Art London, London
2018 Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Brussels, Belgium
2018 Red Barn Gallery, Cumbria
2018 Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
2018 Twenty Twenty Gallery, Shropshire
2018 La Meridiana International School of Ceramics, Tuscany, Italy

2017 Showcase at Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2017 Show with painter, Chris Prout, Bircham Gallery, Norfolk
2017 Tangibles, Contemporary Ceramics, London, with Martin Pearce & Paul Wearing
2017 Hidden Depths solo show, Landesmuseum fur Kunst & Kulturgeschichte, Oldenburg, Germany
2017 Les journées de la ceramique, St Sulpice, Paris, France
2017 Out of the Earth, Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln
2017 Ceramic Art London, Central St Martins
2017 Diessen Ammersee,
2017 Earth & Fire,
2017 St Sulpice,
2017 Oxford Ceramic Markets

2016 Les journées de la ceramique, St Sulpice, Paris, France
2016 All of the above markets, except Potfest and Oxford
2016 The Bakers Dozen, Roundhouse Gallery, Derby
2016 Innovations in Ceramic Art, Cambridge
2016 20-20 Gallery, Much Wenlock
2016 Art In Action demonstrator, Waterperry
2016 St Sulpice, Paris

2015 Featured artist, Bevere Gallery, Worcester
2015 Landscape exhibition, Robert Fogell Gallery, Stamford
2015 Contemporary Ceramics at St Michael's, Discoed, Powys, Wales

2014 Landscape exhibition, Gallery Topp, Rowsley, Derbyshire
2014 Galerie Kempro exhibition, Sterksel

2013 Japanese teabowl exhibition, Japanese Embassy, London
2013 Young Clay exhibition, Keramiekcentrum Tiendschuur Tegelen, NL,
2013 Westerwald Museum, Hoehr-Grenzhausen, Germany

Articles

Articles

Neue Keramik, Issue 4/17
Aus der Natur geschnitten (Carved From Nature), author Eddie Curtis

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Thrown
Dry Matt
Vessel
Vases & Bowls
Teabowls
Sculptural
Bottles