cambridge contemporary art

Rachel Holian

Rachel has worked with porcelain since graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005. She produced functional yet decorative tea utensils, selling throughout galleries and craft fairs such as Origin and Contemporary Ceramics. She exhibited in New York in 2010 showcasing the best of Contemporary British craft in the NYIGF. After completing her Masters in ceramics in 2018, Rachel has been producing wheel thrown vessels which explore the importance of the decorative arts, and the necessity of ‘Art for the Home’.

The vessels and assembled arranged pieces are items to be treasured, to bring joy and feeling linked to memories and emotions. They represent families and relationships, holding stories and meanings personal to the viewer.The forms are simple, unadorned apart from their stamp. The stamp is a unique impressed mark used to give a feeling of life. The making process is kept simple, throwing, stamping and turning, feeling at one with the clay. The work is sometimes glazed with a simple matt or shiny glaze, or sometimes left unglazed and highly fired to become vitrified, but all processes are kept to a minimum, as the spirit and feeling of the work is captured whilst the vessel is in motion on the wheel.

The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available.