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 wheel-thrown porcelain vessels are the chosen surface, created to stretch this tradition in to the 21st Century.
The beauty of imperfection is explored through applying 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.
Rhian now works from her studio on the Alscot Estate in Atherstone-on-Stour, Warwickshire. Having previously been artist in residence at The Ceramic Studio in Warwickshire and having won support from the Crafts Council UK through their prestigious Hothouse Programme in 2016, she has since gone on to be awarded: Highly Commended Newcomer Award at Ceramic Art London (2018), 'Best Ceramics' at the Contemporary Craft Festival (2017), 'Best New Business' at The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Festival (2017) & Winner of Bils & Rye Emerging Potters Exhibition (2016).