Create • Inspire • Journey
by Rachelle Eason
This may look like its about to turn into a beautiful clay, but actually…it will take a summer of study to get this right. Being a potter for all these years, I have settled into a comfort mode and I tend to prefer creating functional pieces for daily food and beverage use. My specialty is embellishing pieces with 3D elements that capture the essence of personality and passions. For example, mugs for the tennis enthusiast who loves frogs or the young executive who coaches soccer on the side.
But trying to produce in high volume for Disney puts a twist on my usual creating. Whether it is plant-stained paper or pottery, I have to be able to maximize my creating hours and such detail work is not in my best interest when I have to stock a space for six or more weeks at a time.
A Summer to Study…
Color intrigues me and what I have figured out is that this coming summer, after EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival, I will entrench myself into learning new color techniques for clay…staining, glazing, etc. It is a partner study to the other aspect I am devoted to improving…form in multiples.
By developing my skill in staining clay and evolving a “look” that is consistent in color and form, my collections will have a more cohesive presentation and give me a direction for progression. You would think that after all these decades of being a potter, I would already have that down pat, but I never had that interest before. After embarking on plant-staining for eleven years and seeing how completing focusing on it for five years straight took me on a journey of unimaginable creating and understanding of the art form and myself, I am excited to embark on this focus in pottery.
Now does that mean everything is going to look the same? No way! I am going to hold true to my belief that being an artist is about expressing the unique and I will make sure I do not lose that ability. I have talked with too many artists, potters especially, that just churn out piece after piece in an assembly line mass production sort of way. They may meet a demand, but they grow weary of their purpose, and most long for the opportunity to explore their mediums with fresh eyes.
Art is a business and I do need to make a living, but I am trying very hard to trust my passion and let it lead the way.
Please take a moment and browse through my current online collection in my webshop at
RachelleEason.com and leave a comment below to tell me what you think!
Also, check out my homepage on RachelleEason.com for my updates from EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival. I will be set up in Germany March 20-May 6!