Reflecting on her functional porcelain pottery practice, ceramicist Rachel Donner says, “creating something out of clay is like healing a wound. My work is dictated by process and the sentimental experience of interacting with precious items on a daily basis." Her focus is on producing everyday objects with special surface design and combining exciting colors, patterns, and layers. 


Rachel Donner grew up in Taos, New, living on a ranch and raised chickens, lambs, dogs, and horses from a young age. Hands, cat whiskers, moss, patterns, teeth, and small things fascinate her. She earned her BA in ceramics from the University of Northern Colorado in 2013. Since then, she has been awarded several artist residencies including at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine, and most recently at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana. She has exhibited nationally at places such as Lillstreet Gallery, the Archie Bray, MoMo Taos, and dozens of other venues. Besides clay, Donner is also interested in candy, yoga, sewing, anime, painting, and tea. Donner currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she is an instructor at Santa Fe Clay and a full-time studio artist.


All of her works are food, microwave and dishwasher safe, and are one-of-a-kind pieces. One of Rachel's favorite parts of making pottery is seeing how the pieces end up living in the real world and she encourages you to share your images with her.