Nadine Bell is a ceramic artist currently based in Crystal Palace where she has her studio. She originates from the mountains of the Vosges in Eastern France.
After spending years studying and perfecting her practice as a professional massage therapist she transferred her energy from muscles to clay, moving the magic of massage to that of ceramics.
She is driven by a desire to reflect and interpret nature by creating one off organic often abstract shapes which evoke sensations and emotions. She predominantly works in Porcelain and Black
Clay using a range of firing techniques.
She is inspired by the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi. Over the centuries the main idea of artistic ventures in Japan was to attain perfection, yet this movement believed that imperfection is another form of beauty. Wabi-Sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, nothing is perfect.
This is reflected in her current work where she has continued to explore the relationship between fragility and permanence, mainly using paper porcelain due to its delicacy, fine textures and ethereal finish. It has the potential for sculptural exploration combining organic subtlety within her artwork.
Her influences are: Rodin, Dame Lucy Rie, Hans Coper, Ewen Henderson and Jean Arp.