Created with Care and Magical Intent

by Rachael P. Platt

@oneelevenpottery

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One:Eleven Pottery

One:Eleven Pottery

One-of-a-kind functional and sculptural ceramic artwork by Rachael Platt.

1 month ago

One:Eleven Pottery

"Winter to me has always been an inward practice: of solitude, self work, self reflection, dreaming of the days ahead and what one wants to focus on/manifest for themselves. The murmur of the earth beneath the snow. One can take the time to slowly muster what is necessary to take on the rest of the seasons and their high energetic flow. I always find winter to be a time to deep dive into shadow work. Communing with oneself, the dark side, the dark days, and transmuting that energy, to again, accumulate and later reap the harvest of rest and self reflection. Wintry scenes have always made a huge impact in my work, especially in clay for the last 13 years. I have always had a proclivity and interest in depicting the viney, bare tree or woodland scene in my work. It resonates because of visceral and reoccuring dreams I have about tree spirits, the remaining wilds of the world, and a deep appreciation for spiritual interpretations of trees from a variety of cultures and religions. One of my favorites is thinking of the tree as a ‘ladder’ to descend or ascend into a variety of spiritual worlds– they are portals of sorts, aged wizened grandparents watching over us on the physical plane. The wintery, bare, exposed tree, perhaps speaks to me because one can appreciate the slumbering form of its full splendor. The gnarled roots and twisting branches speak of years withstanding the elements, a map of time, motion, surviving." From my Q&A with @faeriemagazine, subscriptions can be found on their site!❄️✨Hello loves, made to order manifesting jars are well on their way (the first round in the kilns this week, glazing this weekend!). I hope everyone has had a lovely start to the year. I am getting my various spaces deep cleaned, renewing the energy around me while also tackling greenware and show stock for the year. Many irons in the fire, as the saying goes 🔥 be well and take a time for yourself to recharge during these dark crisp days. I will share more progress shots soon!

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2 months ago

One:Eleven Pottery

As the curtain goes down on another year in this life as a clay mistress, I am left rather quiet, ideas and things to say sort of dancing in my head without linear coherence. It’s like there is a little buffering signal above my head as I process this year and how it all went down. Anyone else? It was a beautiful year for pottery making, seeing long missed faces at Varf, Pennsic, and Mdrf. I spent a lot of the year devoted to self care and making sure I had enough stock for the various places I was to attend, including this online space at the end of the year. The magazine feature for Enchanted Living cover feels like it was a dream, and I’m certainly still processing the enormity of it all! I have brought new ideas, glaze formulations, and general spiritual practices to the drawing board and I’m incredibly excited to see where they lead us in the coming year. I have infinite ideas stashed away in my pocket at any given time and it will be lovely to see some come out. For now though, thank you for your energy in this little space of mine, sticking around even though I’ve been a rather quiet lady, and stay tuned for more mischief, mud, and magick✨🖤🕯️Love you endlessly my friends! .This gorgeous drawing (I believe inspired by a photo taken in my #MDRF booth) is done by the mega talented @jennipurjane of @ephemeral_studios, which you should follow and contact for your any and all of magickal photo needs! Your art always stops me in my tracks my friend! 🖤

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2 months ago

One:Eleven Pottery

‘We are the stars which singWe sing with our lightWe are the birds of fire’Channeling elemental forces, conjuring the spirits in nature, absorbing them into my essence so I am able to extract from a well of elemental potency.The nature of ceramics is elemental, an art form deeply rooted in harnessing earth, air, water, and fire. Tapping back into nature when I can to fill my well and recharge my spirit is essential to my work(practice), it is my font of spirituality and creativity. Nature is my temple.🕯️Video by @steve.parke 🕯️Taken for @faeriemagazine Winter 2023 issue

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2 months ago

One:Eleven Pottery

As we descend closer to true winter, to beautiful solstice, it is a marvelous time of year for lighting candles, creating hygge, connecting with self and home.I get asked sometimes how one ‘fixes’ the Candelabra, chamberstick, and candleholder pieces I create. To that I say, there are no right or wrong answers– it is paramount that you create something intuitively, a space that feels important and meaningful to you. Alongside most pieces I create for candle usage, there is usually a plate to either catch wax or adorn to your liking. For the latter as a starting point, I would look into herbs that resonate with you, perhaps crystals that you may connect with too. Here is a glimpse of how I may set up a space for candle magic or a cozy night in. I have picked crystals and dried herbs from my personal collections, placed them in specific ‘quadrants’ of the Candelabra, chose candle colors that reflect my sensibilities or represent a ‘task’ at hand. It can be as simple or elaborate as you wish, made and remade into infinity– that is the beauty of this functional ceramic. These pieces light up an entire room, making it warm and inviting, enticing the senses. They have had a place in my personal life for over a decade now, and remain some of my favorite works to make! Candelabra are currently available in the shoppe if you wish to add a bit of their magic to your home! ✨Thank you for your incredible support of my practice my friends. It means far more than words could ever express! I am still packing 167 orders, most that came in within a single night. I definitely take my time to make sure they are packed well with love and handwritten messages, all this takes lots of time so I thank you for your patience as well 🖤 I don’t mention this much because it feels awkward to me, but I have been living quite on the edge since the passing of my father in 2020. I inherited a large chunk of debt at that time, thusly making operating financially pretty freaking difficult and harrowing. I support 3 humans, a household, a herd of rescued cats, and myself on my ceramic artwork alone, and oft as money comes in (ie. This update) it is very much accounted for and paying bills immediately. So when I say it means the world LET ME TELL YOU, you are making a huge impact in my world, any little bit, and the lives and loves in my immediate circle. Words only scratch the surface. Thank you for your continued support🙏

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