Materials: A blend of stoneware and locally sourced wild clay, with two glazes. The first glaze uses mussel shells and the second is a seaweed ash glaze using seaweed, both are sourced from the bay below Chloé's studio. Finished with brass which is wrapped in seaweed.
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's 'Wild Slip and Mussel Shell Panel with Brass Base' is a testament to the connection between art and nature, a captivating representation of water's varying qualities. Crafted from stoneware and locally sourced wild clay, this stunning work embraces the elements of the bay beneath Chloé's studio, becoming an embodiment of water's enduring legacy.
Two glazes converge to form this piece, each derived from the very essence of the bay. The first, enriched with the essence of mussel shells, speaks to the sea's bountiful offerings. The second, a seaweed ash glaze, harkens to the maritime landscape, echoing the seaweed's timeless dance with the tides.
As a finishing touch, brass, wrapped in seaweed, becomes a symbol of the connection between land and sea. This panel serves as a tribute to the fluidity of water's artistry. It is an exploration of the Earth's ceaseless transformation through time, an homage to the ever-changing tides, and a testament to the interconnectedness of the elements.
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.