Saturday, November 29, 2014

vendor profile: Rachael Kroeker Ceramics

Rachael Kroeker is an emerging ceramic artist who was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  She completed her BFA with honours in May of 2009 from the University of Manitoba, and after turning down acceptance to Rhode Island School of Design she still hopes to complete an MFA.  Rachael was selected as one of the artists in residence at the Medalta clay centre in Medicine Hat in 2010, and continues to be an active member of the local ceramic community participating in sales, and a recent solo show in 2013. As of 2014, Rachael Kroeker is one of the newest members of the Stoneware Gallery, the long running ceramic artist co-operative. Her work can also be found at the WAG gift shop, David Rice Jewellery and Objects, and The Canadian Museum of Human Rights.

Rachael works with slip cast forms, using a variety of stains to colour her clay bodies which she marbles and/or layers in plaster molds. The raw porcelain has been sanded multiple times to achieve a soft, supple surface.

Form and aesthetics are the founding elements in my slip cast functional ware, and for the last several years I have been committed to achieving a harmonious balance between function, comfort and beauty. This style of modern elegance honours both the essence of utilitarian objects, and the idea of beauty in function. The supple surface of raw, unglazed porcelain engages the viewer to become the user, with a new relationship created through the sense of touch. My pieces are both a visual and tactile experience.

Ideas of strata and landscapes can be affiliated to my current work. My tricoloured series explores erosion, a subtractive process which reveals hidden surface layers and reinforces the formal considerations of line movement and colour. While my marbling series explores a more fluid and organic line movement which evokes an ever changing landscape each unique to itself, much as the interpretation made by each individual.


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