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Flora in an Old Garden

A new terracotta collection of celebratory hand-built platters, chargers and candlesticks which centre around the idea of the ‘Contemporary Heirloom’. Working with red terracotta clay decorated with slips (liquid clay) is a very old process steeped in history and folklore, which has an inherent warmth and earthiness. This collection explores my own interpretation of this traditional technique; I mix a palette of slips with both natural metal oxides and bright coloured stains which I apply in painterly, gestural floral patterns, highlighting the fluidity and richness of the material. These pieces are intended to fill a domestic interior with colour, pattern and flowers; bringing a sense of joy to the everyday.

Garlands

With a nod to traditional blue and white delftware, the Garland collection is a series of handbuilt, scalloped platters and wheel thrown cups decorated with bold, free, cobalt flower forms. Developed from immediate, gestural drawings, and painterly marks; these contemporary pieces express the spontaneity and energy which can only be achieved through making by hand.

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Surface Design and Illustration

Originally training in Illustration, drawing and painting is at the heart of my design practice. I offer a range of design services including pattern design, hand lettering and bespoke illustration for private clients, creative brands and businesses. I specialise in bold, freehand designs with a joyful use of colour and pattern. Click here for more examples.  

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Copyright Rachael Cocker 2019

All enquiries: studio@rachaelcocker.co.uk

I am proud to have been supported by the Start East Grant Programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Arts Council England Creative Local Growth Programme.