The main source of inspiration for Rachel’s ‘Out of the Depths’ collection is the sea.
“I have lived close to the sea in Dorset nearly my whole life and I enjoy spending time walking along our spectacular Jurassic coastline. I particularly like looking at the different textures made on the rocks and pebbles made from erosion, the forms and patterns of shells, barnacles, sea creatures, urchins and anemones.”
In addition to finding inspiration lurking in rock pools and under rocks, Rachel is also interested in what is hidden inside the rocks and cliffs along our Jurassic coast,
“I have a keen interest in Paleontology and am fascinated by the creatures from our prehistoric past; their forms, size and variety of shape and pattern.”
But, rather than using these sources of inspiration literally, Rachel prefers to take aspects of what she sees, throws them together and when combined with a bit of imagination, she creates something totally new.
“I love playing with the idea that as we don’t know exactly what swims in our seas, I am able to ‘design’ creatures that look as if they could exist now, or did in our prehistoric past.”
Through using a very coarse clay which is left un-glazed, the creatures look fossilised and more like the specimens that you might find in the ‘Natural History Museum’. As a continuation of this idea and for a bit of fun, Rachel uses Latin, Greek and Scientific words to name the pieces. Beware… some of them are a bit naughty!