Work and Play, Glazed Ceramic Bowl
Work and Play, a glazed ceramic bowl by Katherine Kingdon.
Katherine explains the inspiration for her work, "When I eavesdrop on people looking at my work, I discover all sorts of stories evolving. Some that I’d thought of, and some that I hadn’t. I love that.. It makes me feel as if my creativity makes a space for other people’s creativity.
"The pictures on my pots come into being through a simple game. I attach random patches of clay in roughly human proportions and then work them into characters. I like to leave some ambiguity. I want you to puzzle over the pictures, so your imagination begins to build a story."
The bowl measures approximately 25cm diameter by approximately 11cm high.
Artist Statement – Katherine Kingdon
I use clay to make figurative sculptures and illustrated vessels and am always looking for meaning in the random and irrelevant. In my current work I am having fun exploring character through pose, facial expression and sometimes text. I enjoy the suggestions of stories that develop and the dynamics within a group of figures. My intention is to draw you in, to make you smile, to fire your imagination.
I have been teaching in the Oxfordshire/Berkshire area for many years. I was Head of Art at Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common in the early 2000’s and then ran the Ceramics Department at The Henley College. Any teaching that I do now is much more ad hoc. I spend most of my time in my Newbury based studio, creating pieces to commission and which I sell online and through galleries and craft fairs.