Rachel Bleil Ceramics
Teddymorphs Exhibition
Indianapolis Art CenterTeddymorphs Exhibition
Indianapolis Art CenterTeddymorphs Exhibition
Indianapolis Art CenterMeditation Bear: Inner BearingMeditation Bear: Inner BearingMeditation Bear: Inner Bearing
(butterflies detail)Meditation Bear: Inner BearingMeditation Bear: Inner Bearing
(butterflies detail)Deer BearHide-and-Seek
Hide-and-Seek
(grouping detail)Hide-and-Seek
(grouping detail)Hide-and-Seek
(detail)Hide-and-Seek
(detail)Teddy Meets a FriendTeddy Meets a Friend (detail)Big SplashBig Splash (left view)Big Splash (right view)Silent Forest, The Secret KeeperSilent Forest, the Secret Keeper (left view)Silent Forest, the Secret Keeper (detail)Silent Forest, the Secret Keeper (right view)Cloud GuardianCloud Guardian (left view)Cloud Guardian (right view)Forest FriendsForest Friends (right view)Cloud Guardians JarCloud Guardians Jar (left side)Cloud Guardians Jar (left-back side)Cloud Guardians Jar (back side)Cloud Guardians Jar (detail)Cloud Guardians Jar (shoulder & lid detail)Transformation Vessel (Butterfly Side)Transformation Vessel (losing petals side)Transformation Vessel (Caterpillar Side)Transformation Vessel (flower side)Transformation Vessel (detail)Transformation Vessel (shoulder & neck detail)
Current Work
Ease and joy can come from approaching life with a childlike sense of wonder. The teddy bear, to me, is a symbol of the innocence and playfulness embodied by children. I enjoy using teddy bears for the associations with childhood and their ubiquitous, yet supportive presence in our lives. My teddy characters, or Teddymorphs, are found in various states of transformation, suggesting the endless possibilities life can offer when we are open to our feelings and our intuitive understanding of the world. Butterflies and their caterpillar counterparts are the ultimate symbols of transformation, unquestioningly embracing their impressive metamorphosis.

Teddymorphs are neither naïve nor weak, their innocence is self-assured and contains an eagerness and playful ability to adapt and change. They are in alignment with their environment, which reflects a journey of growth. Trees are rooted or grounded, symbolizing strength in oneself and renewal. Clouds are in a constant state of change and suggest limitless potential and the transformative power of imagination. Teddymorphs exist within an environment that is a playground to encourage the wide-eyed inner child in all of us.