Objects which touch the skin and are made to be handled and used often, need to feel good and connect a person with the earth. This grounded philosophy informs the artist’s approach and reinforces an underpinning respect for the source of her materials. The studio produces functional, authentic ceramics that will enhance your domestic experience. There is no set range as the artist works to order, constantly developing new designs, but you will regularly find items such as bowls and platters, teapots and vases each one uniquely created. Clients are advised to email, or call and discuss their specific requirements directly, as it is this closer interaction with the artist which always results in finding or developing work that best fits the purpose.
Images shown indicate some of the possibilities of form and surface treatments, from fresh, feminine florals in earthenware to elegant porcelain pieces with minimalist markmaking and an eastern aesthetic. The latter is a direct return to the artist’s early career when she trained in Japan in the mingei style. Works may be variously thrown and altered or handbuilt as the form demands. Catherine works with a broad palette for her brush decoration using a combination of commercially prepared stains and underglazes in addition to traditional oxides and earth minerals. It is the way these are laid down, with energy and expression that makes the resulting work so fresh and alive. Resist techniques are sometimes used to redefine areas of colour and texture and the layers are often overlaid with line drawings or sgraffitoed to build a sumptuous depth of visual surface.
Currently, Catherine’s work is available from her studio by appointment.