Materials: A blend of stoneware and locally sourced wild clay. Finished with Brass.
Method: Hand-thrown and Hand-forged
Care: This piece can hold water. Handle with care, avoid harsh chemicals, protect against extreme temperatures, and periodically inspect for any signs of wear or damage.
Chloé Rosetta Bell’s sublime plate and pot set, forged from stoneware wild clay, captures the very essence of water, evoking the landscape of the Isle of Wight and its coastline.
The 'Lobster Shell Wild Clay Plate,' crafted with locally sourced treasures, tells the timeless story of water's influence. Its glazed, smooth surface unveils an earthy interplay of colours. A soothing grey serves as the backdrop, while speckles of brown, like fragments of a rocky shoreline, narrate the Earth's vivid tales. The accompanying brass-lidded pot is akin in form and texture. Its wide body and modest stature mirror the land's solid yet yielding character. Drips and speckles of brown, much like nature's own brushstrokes, grace its surface, celebrating the fluidity of the artistic process.
Together, this set is a poignant ode to water, land, and the ceaseless dialogue they share – a tribute to Chloé's artistry and the enduring relationship between the terrestrial and the aquatic.
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.