Rachael Laisney is a ceramic artist based in Southport. She runs a studio in Birkdale Village and loves to see the other artists at work and the creations they come up with. Her own pieces are inspired by nature and she works with stoneware clay, ensuring it is of high quality, weatherproof, food safe and microwavable. The ceramist uses various techniques including sgraffito, carving, wheel throwing and hand-building, and has recently begun combining sterling silver with ceramics and glass to make unique, quality jewellery. She also likes to experiment with different glaze combinations, contrasting them with the text and decoration on her pieces. Other than that, Rachael creates personalised and handmade pieces including mugs, plant pots, ‘mugloos’ (gnome homes) and gnome and nature related sculptures.