Rachael DePauw

New Orleans, LA

Handcrafted pottery has the capacity to nourish both the home and the mind. Rachael DePauw hopes her work invites use and that her pleasure in making the pieces is shared by those who use them.

Since graduating from Tulane University in 2007, Rachael DePauw has become increasingly influenced by both the aesthetic and philosophic concepts associated with New Orleans’ Newcomb Pottery tradition. Attempting to modernize the historic enterprise through a process called sgraffito, DePauw creates bold relief patterns and uses design motifs referencing Louisiana’s indigenous flora. On the pre-fired vessel, she paints a thin layer of black, liquid clay before using a small tool to carve through the slip, revealing the white clay beneath. The linear and abstract patterns created reflect the South’s unique landscape and reference the blue and greenish wares of the Newcomb Pottery that was produced from 1895 to 1940. Rachael, along with help from her husband, William, creates the majority of the vessels on the pottery wheel with mid-range porcelain clay that is electric fired.

Rachael DePauw, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, maintains an active studio career in New Orleans. William DePauw teaches in the Art Department at Tulane University.

All work is lead-free and food safe. Some pieces are not dishwasher and microwave safe, please inquire for specific details.