Discover and support Nottinghamshire artists & makers in these ‘virtual studios’ and by exploring the OSNotts website – if physical visits become possible these will be announced here and on our social media channels.

Virtual Open Studio on 22-23 May
– alongside fellow Harley Artists: Jane Withers & Michael Hanmer, Kyra Cane, Michelle Reader, and Phil Neal

Contemporary studio ceramics, expressive and tactile vessels with complex animated surfaces. Made at Welbeck, Nottinghamshire.
7 West Workshops, Harley Foundation Studios, Welbeck, Worksop S80 3LW
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Rachel completed a BA Honours degree in Ceramics at Loughborough College of Art and Design from which an extensive award-winning international reputation has ensued. The irresistible touch of human spirit and physicality merged with the clay are the foundations of her practical and intellectual ethos. Each fingerprint, tool mark, rip and join, traces the playful trail of making with clay, recalling the footsteps on walks in the landscapes of local Derbyshire and further afield in the evocative Australian bush. Swathed with layers of slip and glaze, her vessels are carefully nurtured to life, and so compel the viewer to their mysterious and hidden depths. Bowl vessels are pinched and coiled, and then electric fired. Whilst her sculptural forms or Bark vessels (inspired by the eucalypts in the Australian bush) are thrown and altered to enhance the raw materiality irresistible tactile nature of the clay.


My workshop is one of the Harley Foundation Studios at Welbeck. Welbeck is one of the great historic country estates, covering 15,000 acres across Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire – with Welbeck Village at its heart.



Rachel’s work is noted for its expressive, visceral, yet calm and considered qualities. Landscape and touch inspired.

If you are interested in this work, please contact the artist directly through the links above.


Open Studio: virtually on 22-23 May