Hello lovely readers, today I would like to introduce you to one of my favourite ceramicists and all-round lovely lady, Rachel Saunders from the West Coast of Canada, (shout out to my dad's homeland!)
I was lucky enough to catch up with Rachel over email a while back to ask her about everything from her own practice to her personal inspirations...
Who are you, where are you from and what do you do for a living?
Your work seems to have quite an organic, bodily quality to it. Was this something you purposely set out to do, or did it develop in other ways?
To be completely honest, not much of what I do it overtly intentional or deliberately calculated. Clay for me is a great vessel (pun intended) in which I can get across what I am thinking and feeling on a more subconscious level. Sometimes I’ll just step back and look at what I’ve made at the end of the day and my work will be a total mood map of what kind of state I’m in or what I’m going through. It does the translating for me in a direct line of communication from my subconscious. That sounds pretty hippy-dippy but
I absolutely adore the forms you create! In particular, the Curve Vase and the Mondo Mug. What inspires these forms?
Do you meticulously plan a piece before starting work on it, or do you prefer to get straight into making, and develop the idea as you go?
I usually just dive into something without planning a thing out of hasty excitement. Troubleshooting functionality as I go is necessary, but I love when I just get a pure idea in my mind and without thinking it through or going about it critically, I just make it. I guess I do a lot of things in my life the way, for better or for worse. But those are always the funnest forms that bring me the most joy.
Do you look up to any other artists? If so, who and why? Do you think the work by these artists have inspired the sort of pieces you make?
Alice Coltrane had mystical superpowers and sets the soundtrack to a lot of my studio days, and Lexie Smith’s ingenuity with food and mastery of multimedia has made me become deeply inspired by her world.
What things do you like/dislike about the art world?
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? (can apply to general life, or specifically art).
Have you planned any artists goals for 2017?