"My mind is focused on the quiet and calm in my current work. I am looking at carved and turned ivory vessels from seventeenth century Germany. My work is a reflection of the intricate details and precarious nature of these modest ivory containers. The smooth porcelain elements in my pieces are meant to contain a stillness and silence in their simplicity. I embrace the textures generated by the accumulation of ash on the soft forms as fully as I embrace the subtleties of the colorful, satiny surfaces of the terra sigillata. The spices we use and the containers we serve them in feature the togetherness of the contrasting surfaces created using a variety of techniques."
Kathy has been an active studio artist since graduating from UW Whitewater in 1996 with a BSE in Art Education. In Tennessee, she participated in an arts outreach program with local elementary schools and taught dozens of classes and workshops at the Appalachian Center for Crafts. Kathy also taught many other workshops at places like Kent University and Pewabic Pottery in Detroit. She was an adjunct instructor in ceramics at Virginia Commonwealth University and ran a ceramics program at Crooked Tree Arts Center in Michigan. Some of the venues at which she has exhibited include Baylor University in Texas, Lincoln Arts in California, Native Soil in Chicago and Lancaster Museum of Art in Pennsylvania. Kathy has been a resident artist at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine and at Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana. She also spent four months working and researching at the Center for Ceramics in Berlin and at Guldagergaard in Denmark. Kathy continues teaching ceramics at Gallery One and elementary school at Discovery Lab in Ellensburg as well as keeping up with her studio work. Currently, she is exploring the earthy colors and satiny surfaces achieved through the use of terra sigillata in oxidation firing and their togetherness with the bold textures of wood fired elements.
JULY 7th-29th, 2023