Materials: A blend of stoneware and locally sourced wild clay. Finished with Brass and fossilised wood.
Method: Hand-thrown and Hand-forged
Care: This pot can hold water. Please handle both with care, avoid harsh chemicals, protect against extreme temperatures, and periodically inspect for any signs of wear or damage.
Chloé Rosetta Bell’s stoneware and clay set, embodying the essence of the converging points between land and sea, unfolds a captivating narrative. The 'Lobster Shell Wild Clay Plate' is dressed in a tranquil, sea-inspired grey. The smooth, glazed surface mimics the gentle ebb and flow of tides, with speckles of brown resembling shore pebbles, celebrating the Earth’s palette. Perfect imperfections, rough patterns near the golden brass circle, bear witness to nature’s rugged grace, where land meets sea, reflecting water’s force.
On top of the brass circle stands the Fossilized Wood Lidded Pot, a resilient emblem of water’s enduring impact. Its soft grey glaze mirrors the plates, and is adorned with melting drops of brown, capturing the unity of land and sea found on the shores of the Isle of Wight. The pot’s lid, a documentative relic of the past, is a piece of fossil wood found by Chloé, a tale of time’s passage.
This set, similar to water, blurs the lines between past and present, showcasing the interconnectedness of our world. Chloé’s artistry bridges the temporal realms, offering a captivating narrative between water’s essence and the enduring stories told within the Earth.
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.