It's Rainybb's World
Meet Raenee, aka Rainybb, the Singaporean born Sydney based ceramicist and model. While at her studio, we were delighted to follow the process step by step on making the Wobble Mug! Read on to see how Rainybb was born through trial and error, repetition and keeping centred. 👼👼👼 Photographs by Luke Le
Meet Raenee, aka Rainybb, the Singaporean born Sydney based ceramicist and model. While at her studio, we were delighted to follow the process step by step on making the Wobble Mug!
Read on to see how Rainybb was born through trial and error, repetition and keeping centred. 👼👼👼
Photographs by Luke Le
We had the pleasure of visiting your studio to document a day in the life of Rainybb. Can you tell us how your journey with ceramics began?
I started doing ceramics about 4-ish years ago. My friend Rasa was moving back to Lithuania and she wanted to do a throwing lesson before she left. So together with another friend, we all did a class and I was so bad at it. They could all make pieces but I basically ended up with a blob! However, I really loved the process of playing with clay so I kept doing different short courses over several studios and was lucky enough to have a lot of friends who studied ceramics that helped me. A few years later the world of Rainybb was born!
We loved your demo on how to create the Wobble mug. How did the design come about?
It took me about 2 or so years to actually feel confident in using the wheel. Because of this, a lot of my earlier work was mainly hand-built. On my transition (back) into throwing, I was finding it really difficult to centre my pieces, which then made it difficult to create symmetrical and still walls. With my centering being off, every time I went to ‘pull up the clay’ it would semi collapse, creating these wobbled effects. I really liked the look of it, and over time with my skills improving, the wobbled walls became less of an accident and became more refined, turning into what they are now.
When we worked with you to create the ‘Coastal’ colourway for the Column A capsule, you spoke a lot about how glazing can be temperamental. Can you tell us about the process and how it informs your work?
I find glazing the easiest, yet hardest part of the process. In my opinion, it’s also what sets apart your piece from someone else’s. So when I became more self-sufficient, I tried to steer away from pre-made, store-bought glazes and so a lot of the glazes I use now, I make myself in my studio. Because of this, there’s a lot of trial and error involved because certain recipes may not give you the result you’re after. Everything has to be tested before I use that glaze/colour combination on a piece. I’ve learnt the hard way not to get ahead of myself and assume things will be okay because once they're fired, there's no turning back! With this, it has really allowed me to slow things down (for the better) and think a bit more carefully.
I noticed you collected the excess clay that wasn't used to create the mug. What do you do with this?
The beautiful thing about ceramics is that everything (until they're fired) can be recycled! All the excess clay from my trimmings, or from pieces that don’t make the final cut, get put into a bucket where it gets re-hydrated and eventually turns into slop. The slop then gets put onto a plaster bat which absorbs the excess moisture, turning it back into throwable clay.
We are super excited about this collection and your work! What can you share with us about your plans for the future?
Thanks for having me on board! Currently trying to fine-tune a new *drinking vessel* shape, so hoping that that works out well. Other than that, hopefully building my clay empire!