Chiara Vagnarelli

Chiara has a Welsh Italian heritage and was brought up in Snowdonia, North Wales surrounded by mountains, but never far away from the sea, she was immersed in the sounds of these wild environments and fascinated by the curve and line of the landscapes.

It was only much later when living and working in European cities, she began to enjoy the architecture of the built environment and appreciate how contemporary architects strive to understand and emulate the natural environment.

Her focus on form and structure is influenced by the balance, strength and presence found in both the natural and built worlds.

Chiara creates her ceramic sculptures using the ancient hand-building techniques of pinching and coiling, in preference to the faster method of using a potters’ wheel. The process of hand-building is as important to her as the finished piece as it always informs the original design and she often allows the rhythm of making to take her in different directions. By following this process, each resulting piece is unique. On a technical level, this method of building each piece slowly and rhythmically, ‘knits’ together the clay and strengthens it in a way that enables her to take risks with form and structure.