meet rachel saunders

Rachel Saunders Ceramics + {OH} Victoria

Rachel’s ceramics first caught our eye at surf & lifestyle shop, Sitka. We soon tracked the girl down on Instagram and admittedly spent way too long scrolling through her feed and developed what you might call a bit of an obsession (a totally harmless one, we promise). The one-woman show that is Rachel Saunders Ceramics creates playful, expressive pieces that put pottery on a whole new level for us. The lovely Rachel was kind enough to answer a few questions for {OH} Victoria – from a little red Volkswagen to where to get the best BLT in town, here’s what the Victoria-based artist had to say.

Rachel Saunders Ceramics + {OH} Victoria

How did Rachel Saunders Ceramics get its start? 

R: Last year I was fortunate enough to land what I thought to be my dream job in the design department at a clothing company in L.A. I had a desk with a little plant on it and a computer and a salary and I fought traffic and spent the weekends working on projects. I felt like a grown up. But turns out I didn’t want to. I spent the days daydreaming of things I wanted to make with my hands and collected daily inspiration from the colourful world around me. I quit my job, followed my heart and the 101 up the coast home with my boyfriend, our lives packed into a little red Volkswagen, and from there I started putting together the pieces for what I knew I wanted to do next. I still don’t know how, but it all seemed to unfold before my eyes.

Rachel Saunders Ceramics + {OH} Victoria

Three words to describe your style.

R: Ethereal. Functional. Soft.

What’s your idea of the perfect Victoria day?

R: I’m dreaming of summer days right now, so that’d be a good start. I would wake up around 9am, without the help of 7 different alarms, feeling refreshed with maybe a bit of a goofy feeling hangover. Then I would get a BLT at The Parsonage (best in town), and probably run into a few friends there. Although the BLT was so hearty, since it’s summer I would probably get some ice cream at Cold Comfort next door. 10am is a perfectly fine time for ice cream in the summer. From there maybe one of the friends I bumped into would invite me to the beach, and we’d meet up with some more friends and throw towels around our necks and walk to the water. After a good four hours of catching rays, waves, and reading books, we’d all start to get a little hungry, so then we’d all walk to get some cheeseburgers at Beacon Drive-In, a little dazed from the sun. We’d also probably get a milkshake to make sure we got our daily servings of ice cream. After the meal we’d start to feel our skin getting a little hot and itchy, and we’d realize in the midst of all the fun we hadn’t applied the proper amount of sunscreen. We’d walk back to someone’s house who had a TV, and all sprawl out and watch a movie on VHS, probably Clueless or maybe Blue Crush. Being in the sun all day would have really worked up our appetites, so we would have to order two large Brooklyn Style pizzas from Dominos a little bit later. Then we’d have a sleepover and do it all again the next day.

Rachel Saunders Ceramics + {OH} Victoria

What’s next for Rachel Saunders Ceramics?

R: More involvement in my community, more collaborations with artists I love, more learning of how to run a business at 22, and to keep doing what I love.

Where can people find Rachel Saunders Ceramics?

R: I’m currently working on about five collections for a number of stockists across Canada, but right now in Victoria you can find my wares at Sitka and The Milkman’s Daughter, as well as in my online store at www.rachelsaundersceramics.com.

Rachel Saunders Ceramics + {OH} Victoria
You love her now, too, don’t you?

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