Rachel Wood is a potter who uses a combination of throwing and coiling stoneware clay.
"I make a range of stoneware vessels with heavily textured surfaces, swathed with layers of slip and glaze to create depth and mystery to the work. The marks from fingers, tools, and each making process have always been an intrinsic part of each pot's character. 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. 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".
Rachel worked as assistant to the renowned potter Robin Welch and also undertook a residency at Rufford Craft Centre. The impact of these experiences is reflected in the directness, urgency and confidence of her new work.
Two man show with John Newland, Bircham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
Art in Clay, Hatfield
Earth & Fire, Rufford
Swalmen ceramic market, Limburg, Holland
The Power of Pots, Royal College of Arts, London
Totally Teabowls, Oakwood Gallery
Residency at Rufford Country Park
Harlwquin Gallery, London
Slipware, Rufford Country Park
Oxford Studio Ceramics
Sky Mirror Open Day, Nottingham Playhouse Theatre
Northern Potters, The Harris Museum & Art Gallery