Rachelle Chinnery is a mixed media artist living on Hornby Island. Her academic interests lie in the phenomenology of craft and the way ecological identity can be cultivated through craft practice. She is currently working on an exhibition entitled: Poem, Petal, Bone, a collection of photographs, ceramic sculpture, mixed-media sculpture, and poetry. This body of work grew from research into perception, ecopoetics, and introspective writing for her MA in Integrated Studies.

Selected Publications


Video: The Alchemy of Craft 

Idioms of an Ecological Self,
by Rachelle M. Chinnery, M.A.

Significant Material: Ceramics of British Columbia 1945 – 1960,” A Modern Life: Art and Design in British Columbia, 1945 -1960, ed. Alan Elder, Vancouver Art Gallery, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004

Selected Exhibitions

2018 The Enormity of Small, Gallery in the Woods, Hornby Island, BC
2016 Articulate Ground, Hornby Island, BC
2015 Design in Canada, The Canadian High Commission, London, England
2012 Portrait of an Ocean: A Body of Words, Campbell River Art Gallery, BC
2009 International Postmodern Ceramics Festival, Varazdin, Croatia
2009 Niche Awards, 2009 & 2010, Philadelphia PA USA
2005 3rd International Ceramics Competition, Icheon, Korea
2004 Bowl’d and Beautiful, Paddington, Australia
2004 Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award, Shepparton, Australia
2004 Hot Clay, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Canada
2003 International Ceramic and Bronze Exhibition, Hilton Kingston, Jamaica
2000 The Language of Craft Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver BC, Canada

2012 Project Assistance, Hornby Island Arts Council, H.I., BC
2009 Contemporary Ceramic Collection, City Museum, Varazdin, Croatia
2009,10 Niche Award Finalist, Philadelphia PA, USA
2007 BC Creative Achievement Award, Vancouver, BC
2005 Permanent Collection: World Ceramic Foundation, Icheon, Korea
2005 Honorable Mention, 3rd Biennale, Icheon, Korea
2004,1 British Columbia Arts Council Production Grant
2004 Permanent Collection: Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton, Australia
2004 British Columbia Arts Council Travel Grant
2004 Circle Craft Scholarship for Professional Development
1998 Canada Council Production Grant
1995 Award for Overall Excellence, Sheridan College, Oakville, ON