Rachel Leary Ceramics
Rachel is inspired by the hidden, microscopic aspects of our natural world and has recently explored an interest in the fundamentals and alchemy of our natural form giving material, clay.
In 2014 Rachel completed a BA in Contemporary Applied Arts at Belfast School of Art, and has also gained a Masters postgraduate degree in Ceramics in 2015, from Cardiff Metropolitan School of Art and Design.
Rachel is inspired by the hidden, microscopic aspects of our natural world and has recently explored an interest in the fundamentals and alchemy of our natural form giving material: clay. She typically choses to use Egyptian Faience glaze, which possesses both clay and glaze characteristics, meaning that the glaze is capable of providing its own form, displaying a new perspective for the material other than simply a decorative layer on a ceramic body.
Both material and making processes are important factors to Rachel’s artwork. She aims to provide a sense of the excitement and investigation that she experiences during her making, within her unique forms and installations.
Rachel's practice involves quite an experimental style of making. She typically chooses to use Egyptian Faience glaze to produce work in various styles. Rachel enjoys letting the materials which she uses manipulate the form, alongside using the kiln as a tool to effect change on a piece of work, meaning that final results won’t be seen until the firing stage is over and the kiln is opened.
She is experienced in a range of making methods as will use the appropriate method to fit the need of the work. Rachel typically hand-builds but has used unusual aids of doing so, such as using straws in combustible firings, and also slip casts and extrudes forms when needed.