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.