Fredi Rahn is a ceramic artist and educator in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She makes pots in a small backyard studio in a quiet neighbourhood in East Vancouver. She also participates in community firings at the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby. Her journey in clay began at a young age through community centre classes, leading to study at Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design and later the Nova Scotia College of Art. She has participated in artists’ residencies at Watershed, in Maine, The Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, Talavera Uriarte in Puebla, Mexico, and The Banff Centre in Alberta. She has participated in exhibits across Canada and the US.
A love of cooking and the social gatherings surrounding food are at the heart of why I make tableware – to connect intimately, through touch and use, to my audience. I am drawn to the materiality of ceramics – the plasticity of the soft clay, the unctuous juiciness of thick slip, the melting glassiness of glaze, and how each responds to the process – touch, tool, heat. The work is inspired by the rhythm of repetition; finding the nuances of form and the intricacies of negative space created by patterns flowing over curves. The little details; line quality, how interior and exterior meet at a carefully considered rim, how glaze reacts over a textured surface; these are how I hope my pots work their way into becoming the significant everyday objects in your lives.