Nadine Bell, b. 1961 originates from the mountains of the Vosges in Eastern France, she lives and works in London. 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.
As a largely self taught artist Nadine developed a passion for creating ceramic pieces that reflect on nature and its connection to the human condition. Nadine's work is intended to allow the audience the opportunity to see the world differently and to explore personal change and consciousness. This is enabled by a use of porcelain, a delicate and fragile clay, allowing me to push myself and the materials to the limit.
Nadine Bell has been inspired by the concept of Wabi Sabi and a love for the unknown. 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 . Nadine 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.
Influences: Rodin, Dame Lucy Rie, Hans Coper, Ewen Henderson and Jean Arp.
Nadine's work is in several collections, one of which is Tim Sayer (MBE) whose collection is bequeathed to the Barbara Hepworth Museum Wakefield.
Award: 2nd prize St Helena Trust Competition set up by Bamber & Christina Gascoigne voted by the public. She has exhibited in galleries in London including Crystal Palace Artists Open Studio, 2019, Abstract Allies, Zuleika Gallery, London, 2019.