Artwork for Rachel Padley
I explore the medium of clay in a variety of ways creating both vessels thrown on the potters wheel for domestic use and hand built sculptures, suitable for being displayed in the garden.
The freedom to be creative.
I create work to be exhibited in Galleries and at exhibitions. I have demonstrated to small groups and given one to one tutorials.
Rachel Padley: Ceramic Artist.
As a child I grew up with art all around me. My father was a Painter art teacher and historian, my mother a ballet dancer, artist’s model and researcher.
Playing with paint and clay or romping around church yards was just part of our everyday lives.
On leaving school I went to work at St. Paul’s cathedral, training to be a stone carver. To broaden my skills, I decided to complete a degree in fine art at Kennington Art School where I specialised in sculpture.
I travelled around the country working as a conservator of ancient stone monuments, including some in the chapel at Arundel Castle and at Harewood House in Yorkshire.
I returned to Herefordshire, where Marriage and children put an end to my travels, but not to my creative urges. I signed up for a pottery class and now combine my love of throwing pots with my earlier training as a sculptor, producing a wide range of brightly coloured functional pottery, which include bowls , mugs , jugs and vases, alongside sculptural pieces for the garden. The popular “Green man range” is complemented by the bird baths and fountains.
I am a member of South Wales Potters and The Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen. I exhibit in galleries in England and Wales
h. Art 2018/19 The RHS Malvern Spring festival 2018/19, Hay festival 2019, The International ceramics Festival 2019 , Three Choirs Festival 2018/19
Malvern Autumn Show 2018/19, Open exhibition Ludlow Makers Gallery 2020, Crafted for you exhibition 2020 Worcester Museum and Art Gallery
Timothy Hawkins Gallery Hereford, The Malthouse Cafe and gallery Ledbury, Creates Gallery Monmouth, Craft Renaissance Gallery Usk, Oriel Cric Gallery Crickhowell, Plas Glyn Y Weddw Gallery Llanbedrog