In Rachel Buse’s exhibition ‘Living Vessels’, she explores the purpose of humanity, using a familiar language of the forms of ceramic pottery. Her concept stems from her personal image of God as a potter creating humanity, each for their own function in his creation.
Every part of a vessel works together to function for a purpose. When one part becomes more important than another, the vessel can’t function. If we fight against what we are made to be, we mutate ourselves from the original design. The artist, Rachel Buse, invites the viewer to contemplate themselves in the works, and their own function in the world.
Rachel Buse studied Art and Religious Studies at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Michigan. She graduated in 2003 with a B.A. in art specializing in ceramics. That year she was chosen as the Art Department ‘Distinguished Scholar’, a title given to the top student of the department. After a period of travel, she has settled in Melbourne, become a member of the Valley Potters, and devoted herself to her art, full time.
- 2011 Living Vessels , Solo show at Kingston Art Gallery
- 2011 Kingston Art Blitz “Green”
- 2010 Clay Connections, Valley Potters annual group show
- 2010 Kingston Art Blitz “Off The Wall”
- 2007 Hell’s Half Mile Art, Film, and Music Festival
- 2005 Ft Wayne Art Source All Media Art Show
- 2003 Senior Exhibition, Kreft Center Gallery, Ann Arbor (three person)
- 2002 Empty Bowls Charity Pottery Auction
- 2001-03 Concordia University Student Art Show, Kreft Center Gallery, Ann Arbor, (Juried Exhibition)
- 2010 First Place 3-D, Kingston Art Blitz “Off The Wall”
- 2005 Second Place 3-D, Ft Wayne Art Source Art Show
- 2005 Merchant’s Award, Ft Wayne Art Source Art Show
- 2003 Best of 3-D, Concordia University Student Art Show
- 2003 Art Department Distinguished Scholar Award, Concordia University
- 2002 Best in Show, Concordia University Student Art Show
- 2001 Merit Award, Concordia University Student Art Show
Examples of Rachel’s work appear above and below with many more sculptures at one hundredth gallery until 11 September 2011.