Rosie McLachlan

Rosie McLachlan (b. 1982) received her MFA from Newcastle University, and a BA in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, during which time she also studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Her work has been exhibited by Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (UK), Arusha Gallery (UK) and Cavin Morris Gallery (New York), amongst others.

McLachlan uses clay, which she digs from rivers and moorlands, to consider elemental forces such as death, regeneration and the natural world. Her work is informed by an ongoing study of archaeology, comparative mythology, folklore and thanatology.

McLachlan’s ceramic works are wood fired over 4 days and nights in an anagama kiln, an ancient type of pottery kiln brought to Japan from China via Korea in the 5th century. The long firing process is a devotional act, and the resulting sculptural works, transformed by heat, flame and ash accretions, have an elemental, totem-like quality.

Collections for sale can be found at Arusha Gallery (UK), Cavin Morris Gallery (NYC), and Oeil de KO (Paris) 

Upcoming exhibitions: Clay College, Wood Fire Exhibition, 17th June - 30 July 2023

For private commissions and enquiries contact

Eurynome, 2021

Frog Goddess Urn, 2021

Soul House I, 2021

Soul House II, 2021


Eurynome, 2021

Wild Northumberian river clay
Anagama fired
19cm x 8cm x 6cm

Ophion the serpent is created by Eurynome, a supreme creatrix goddess dancing on the ocean’s waves. Ophion entwines and fertilizes her, and she takes the form of a dove to lay an egg on the waters. Eurynome bids Ophion coil about the egg until it hatches. Out of the egg tumbles all creation: sun, moon, planets, stars, earth, and all living creatures.