by her Grandmother’s Willow Pattern collection, Rhian Malin
continues the long historic tradition of hand-painting porcelain with
cobalt-blue decoration. Her elegant and contemporary wheel-thrown porcelain
vessels are the chosen surface, created to stretch this tradition into the 21st
beauty of imperfection is explored through applying by hand geometric patterns
to deliberately distorted forms, challenging the inherent perfectionist Rhian
is at heart. Taking a mathematical
approach to applying each design, patterns are either projected onto vessels to
accentuate their tactile, dimpled contours or divided up into eighths
vertically to highlight their tapering forms.
design might look perfect when viewed but through the very act of individually
hand-painting each design as opposed to using a machine, each design can never
imperfection’ as Rhian refers to it.
previously been artist in residence at The Ceramic Studio in Warwickshire,
Rhian now works from her studio on the Alscot Estate in Atherstone-on-Stour,
Warwickshire. Having won support from
the Crafts Council UK’s prestigious Hothouse Programme in 2016, Rhian has won a
number of awards for her work and is collected worldwide.