Rachelle Chinnery’s ceramic vessels are inspired by sea life near her Hornby Island home.

Hornby Island sculptor captures portraits of the ocean

A new exhibition opening at the Campbell River Art Gallery today features gorgeous ceramic sculptural vessels

A new exhibition opening at the Campbell River Art Gallery today features gorgeous ceramic sculptural vessels inspired by Hornby Island’s sea life.

Artist Rachelle Chinnery’s pieces in the exhibition Portrait of an Ocean, sponsored by Sure Copy Print Copy and Business Centre, spring from her two passions: ceramics and kayaking.

Chinnery moved to Hornby Island in 2007 to explore these two loves, and the resultant creative process has resulted in exciting ceramic pieces featuring smooth glazes and wave-like forms.

In Chinnery’s work, clay reflects the physical characteristics of bone, sand and teeth, while silken glaze reflects the smooth skins of mammals and the reflective quality of water.

Her exhibition also includes accompanying poetry and a beach-inspired installation piece.

Chinnery has studied Japanese ceramics for nearly four years and has also studied at the Sheridan College of Art and Design and the Emily Carr School of Art and Design.

Her ceramic vessels move far beyond everyday function to become sculptures with a tactile draw. Chinnery has received support from the Hornby Island Arts Council for this exhibition.

See Portrait of an Ocean until Aug. 24 during the Campbell River Art Gallery’s summer hours, Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is by donation.