Gallery Artists

Rhian  Malin

Rhian Malin

Inspired 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 Century.

The 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.

Each 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 be perfect. 

‘Perfect imperfection’ as Rhian refers to it.

Having 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.