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Katie's organic and sculptural forms and vessels are very much inspired by the Cornish coastline: the textures that nature provides. The rugged cliff tops are a constant source of inspiration, providing marks, patterns and colour such as rust and corrosion. It is also the sea moss and kelp that sweeps across the rocks as the waves sway in and out that captures her attention, including shellfish and barnacles that cling fiercely onto the rock surfaces and metal that is found embedded in the cliff's structure.
All of this is reflected in the glazes that Katie uses, often experimenting and layering glazes to achieve interesting results. Occasionally found objects make their way into her work such as driftwood and metal, which are usually collected from the beach. Katie thrives on the juxtaposition of the natural and man-made world and is influenced, from a young age, by Barbara Hepworth. It is Hepworth's organic forms combined with wire that may subconsciously represent the two worlds that Katie chooses to live in, splitting her time between the city and the coast.
All of the work is made with stoneware clay, using a combination of glazes. Various methods are used such as hand-building, coiling, the use of moulds and occasionally throwing. Katie's pieces are fired at 1260.
Katie is based in London.