Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese philosophy that appreciates the beauty of natural imperfection. It celebrates cracks and crevices and rot and all the other marks that time and weather and use leave behind.

Following this philosophy, Raquel Walsh, the designer and maker at Creative Clay is
inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape around her in particular The Burren, Co. Clare.

The rugged weathered forms are representative of the erosion and fragility of the landscape and the often-harsh conditions nature creates. Out of darkness, flowers, butterflies and the ladybird are a reminder of the beauty that surrounds us, and that life will always find a way to adapt to the conditions surrounding it.

This is reflected in our own lives. As our bodies age we become more worn and fragile, sometimes dealing with disease, disability or grief. We each have our own harsh conditions but we also have our own flowers, butterflies and ladybirds. We do our best to calm the storms inside, and we adapt and change to adjust to the conditions surrounding us. With this in mind I hope to bring a little luxury into your life by providing you with items you will love and cherish for a lifetime.

I focus on the beauty created by Mother Nature. My work maintains an element of being eroded and fragile but the flora and fauna bring life to the piece. I like to think that it is a reminder that life can survive or adapt to any storm that comes it’s way and it’s the imperfections that make it unique. I allow the natural qualities of the slab of clay to help me translate this.
 
Me doing what makes me happy

Me doing what makes me happy

 

My work is unique to me, everything is created by hand no two pieces will ever be the same, there will be some variations in the colours and sizes. There will be evidence of the maker's (my) hand that gives my work an authenticity which you won't get from mould made, mass produced products. I am committed to remaining a craft based business, this is something I am truly passionate about. I will not be able to mass produce my work. I respect each stage of the process and I want you to love and appreciate the time and effort that goes into producing it. Transforming that soft wet lump of clay into something really beautiful and permanent for you to enjoy, that is my joy.

Do whatever it is that makes you happy and keep doing it

Come visit me at Ballycasey to see my Store & Workshop, or Get In Touch to ask a question about any of our products.