Rachel Miller: Full Artist Spotlight

Photo of the artist in a long black dress barefoot on the beach

How did you get started creating your pieces?

I took a class at a local studio in Phoenix during the summer of 2021. I immediately fell in love with the art of pottery! After that, I started going to classes and open studios consistently.


What’s the favorite part of your work/what you make?

My favorite part about making pottery is the balance between creativity and focus. Any art needs a great deal of both. My day to day job is very meticulous and calculated. Pottery allows me to escape mentally and hone in on my creative side.


Photo of a vase on a pottery wheel. It is surrounded by several other finished vases. All of them are dark brown


How do you express your creativity through your work?

I express my creativity through organic shapes and natural colors. I love the outdoors and nature, this theme comes very natural to me. Right now, I mainly focus on making planters and vases.


Photo of a variety of white and tan speckled pots in an assortment of plants


What brings you joy?

Trying new things at the wheel or during glazing. It's always a joy trying something I have never done before and seeing how it turns out. Pottery is all about experimenting! I try to not take myself too seriously during this process. 


What challenge(s) have you overcome?

The biggest challenge I've had to overcome (and am still working on it ) is accepting impermanence. I used to get attached to each piece before it was finished. There's always a chance a piece won't survive the kiln or turn out the way you expected. Having little to no expectations has helped me be more free during my creative process. 


Anything exciting in the works/coming up for you? 

I hope to launch a website soon. Stay tuned! 


What do you wish for the world? 

This is a hard question because there are many things I'd wish for. In general though, I wish for more peace and less suffering. Over the past couple years there has been so much pain, conflict, and disagreement around the whole world.

Along the same page, I wish more light was shed on positive things going on around the world. One of my favorite pages that does this is “The Happy Broadcast”.

Even when everything appears so negative, I know small acts of love and kindness help spread positive energy.



Is there anything else you’d like to share? 

I'd like to thank anyone who has purchased one of my pieces. I truly appreciate all of the love and support. 


You can check them out around the web:

Instagram: @rm.studioceramics

Shop Rachel's Collection At MADE