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 (NYC), 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.

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


Essay: Stephen Ellcock On Hydriotaphia

Essay: Stephen Jenkinson On Hydriotaphia



Hydriotaphia, Arusha Gallery, London (February - March 2024)

Axis Mundi, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh (December 2022 - January 2023)


Ud Rocashaas, Hweg Gallery, Cornwall (February - March 2024)

Neo-Gothic, Ohsh Projects, London (July - August 2023)

Wood Fired Exhibition, Clay College, Stoke (June - July 2023)

Primeval, Unit 1 Gallery, London (February 2023)

Voices from an Animist Earth, Cavin Morris Gallery, NYC (September - November 2022)

Spirit Within, BWG, Ben Oakley Gallery, London (August 2022)

Conjure, Arusha Gallery, Bruton (May - June 2022)

Winter Exhibition, Thrown Contemporary (January - February 2021)

Telling the Bees, Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick Upon Tweed (July – August 2021)

Stay at Home, Maternal Art Gallery, online (June 2020)


Arts Council DYCP Award, 2023

©2024 Rosie McLachlan