Materials: A blend of stoneware and locally sourced wild clay, with a seaweed ash glaze, using seaweed sourced from the bay below Chloé's studio. Finished with brass and copper wrapped in seaweed and fossilised wood.
Method: Hand-thrown and Hand-forged
Care: Handle with care, avoid harsh chemicals, protect against extreme temperatures, and periodically inspect for any signs of wear or damage.
Chloé Rosetta Bell and Celia Dowson's collaborative set embodies the exquisite synergy between art and nature, seamlessly uniting diverse materials in a harmonious narrative. Chloé's panel, fashioned from stoneware and locally sourced wild clay, becomes a reflection of water's timeless influence. Two glazes, one enriched with mussel shells and the second a seaweed ash glaze, evoke the ever-evolving shoreline, with a fossilized wood piece at its core, documenting time passed. A brass plate, wrapped in seaweed, forms a bridge between land and sea, making the panel a tribute to water's artistic fluidity.
Celia's 'Apricot Tint Sake Glass,' perched gracefully upon the brass, extends the narrative with elegance. Like the fluid grace of water, the glass's soft orange gradient invites tactile exploration, mirroring the serenity of a tranquil stream. Its form embodies water's contrasting elements, combining sharp and smooth curves, while the wide circular opening atop a modest stem reflects the subtle variability found in water's form.
Together, these two distinct creations form a symphony of artistry and nature. They mirror the dynamic interplay of water, where form, structure, and tone unite, inviting viewers to contemplate the flow of both water and art. In this collaboration, Chloé and Celia's pieces resonate in harmony, celebrating the inspiration drawn from the natural world.
About the Artist
Chloé Rosetta Bell is a ceramicist who graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2019. Material-focused and primarily working in clay, her work is driven by her relationship with the land surrounding her home on the Isle of Wight. Situated in the Undercliff, it is one of the largest areas of urban landslip in Europe. Her practice seeks to create a tangible, physical celebration of this windswept landscape, and the livelihoods dependent on a specific landscape in general.
Chloé’s work is research-based. She will study materials, narratives and stories within a specific landscape to inform her collections. In one instance, she developed unique glazes from oyster shells at Porthilly Oyster Farm and chalk residue produced from washing Halen Môn’s sea salt. This method of research-based practice speaks to both how she creates and what she is saying with her work. Rosetta Bell creates an object that is at once beautiful in form, shape and texture. But, what is just as intriguing is how she does this whilst creating a physical and sensory piece of record of her landscape; a collision point between man and nature. Her work preserves her natural surroundings and the human livelihoods that depend upon it.