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Rachel Holian

Rachel Holian handcrafts miniature, unique ceramics that have spirit and a sense of unity.

Rachel Holian handcrafts beautiful ceramics on a small, delicate scale in her studio in Cheshire.

Rachel's installations of miniature porcelain vessels and stamps explore relationships and meaning. Each grouping of vessels has a meaning and a feeling specific to that particular collection, and personal to Rachel, for example, groups that describe relationships within families. Some of her pieces were made in direct response to a funeral service, and the familial ties that are strong and present in bleak situations. The forms are simple, unadorned apart from their stamp. The stamp is used to give a feeling of life.

Rachel's making process is kept simple, throwing, stamping and turning, feeling at one with the clay. Her work is sometimes glazed with a simple matt or shiny glaze or sometimes left unglazed and highly fired to become vitrified, but all processes are kept to a minimum, as the spirit and feeling of the work is captured whilst the vessel is in motion on the wheel.

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We love how unique and exquisite Rachel's beautiful vessels are and how certain groupings connect and interact with each other. This and the stamps that bond them, display the ties and meanings of family. The intricacy of creating these beautiful pieces on such a small scale demonstrates the attention to detail and high quality craftsmanship involved.

When displayed on a mantelpiece or bookcase, we love the shadows Rachel's pieces cast in certain light and the gorgeous, neutral colour ways used.

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