About the work

“I’m fascinated by taking a soft, fluid material and transforming it into a solid piece, layered with colour and imprinted with the process of firing. We can hold it in our hands and feel it’s strength, yet at the same time, know its fragility. To me, this is somehow a parallel with our human condition.”

Kate’s ceramics are renowned for their distinctive sculptural qualities, often comprising a series of repeated forms or collections. The passage of time and the ability of certain objects to connect us with our past are continual sources of inspiration for her work in clay.

Her collections of jugs, tapered vessels and containers are conceived as small scale installations. Wood, stone and precious metal gilding are used in combination with the ceramic pieces to create a sense of balance and harmony. Applying glaze like layers of fabric to partly wrap the ceramics, Kate highlights the surface qualities of each piece, creating a subtle interplay between light and dark.

 Detail of ‘View From The White Room’, Blackwell 2008. Greenhalf Photography

Detail of ‘View From The White Room’, Blackwell 2008. Greenhalf Photography