This holiday season, we've teamed up with Victoria-based ceramics artist Rachel Saunders, for an exclusive run of ceramic tumblers and ashtrays, taking influence from the industrial designer Naoto Fukusawa.
Available in shop and online Saturday, Dec. 12th.
4 Questions w/ Rachel Saunders
What is your first or most distinctive memory of pottery?
Probably thinking it was really lame in high school. I spent all my days in the art room but never touched a wheel. I knew pottery as being clunky, usually a weird brown or turquoise colour, and overtly whimsical or new-agey. Somewhere along the way things changed a little bit for me.
How do you typically approach a piece of clay/project?
Sometimes I’ll diligently sketch it all out first, make some notes, and visualize how its going to actualize in my hands. But a lot of times I don’t even know what I’m going to do until I start making it and it comes to fruition right in front of me. That allows me to see what I like and don’t like, as well as gauge the object’s functionality. It also feels a little more honest.
What were you listening to while making the Four Horsemen tumblers and ashtrays?
I kept it pretty mellow. I wanted these pieces to be uniform and very precise, which meant I really had to focus and stay chill. Contrary to popular belief, pottery is not all fun and meditation, and it can get really stressful sometimes. The only kind of music that I can trust to not bust out in some crazy crescendo right when things are getting serious on the wheel is original bossanova. It’s smooth and cool and the lyrics are usually in Portuguese so it doesn’t distract me. I also listened to Little Wings’ new album a lot, but even soft stoner surfer music can throw me off sometimes.
What does an ideal day outside of the studio look like for you?
Being on a trip somewhere! Maybe Sao Paulo, or on a little island off the coast of Panama. I also hear Italy’s great.
Photos: Guy Ferguson