Austrian born Katharina is a master with porcelain, inventing processes to make her very own instantly recognisable style yet with clear styling references to her largest influence, fellow Austrian Lucy Rie. New work arriving early October!
My work is about simplicity of design and shape, bringing these in relationship to the surface. I am inspired by the elemental colour and shape of ancient Korean pottery. What I love about ceramic is that it starts of as a soft lump and can become pretty much anything you want it to be. After the firing it is hard and durable and can survive centuries. But at the same time it’s fragile and can be broken into pieces in a moment. I aim to create timeless vessels for the contemporary interior.
Each piece is individually made from porcelain on the potter’s wheel. Naïve, spontaneous pencil strokes drawing graphic simple patterns that create movement and direction. Every line is drawn by hand which makes the work preserve the moment of making. The imperfection of the patterns make it lively, ruff and immediate and unique, still holding an order or direction to bind them together. The Narrative to my work is coming from little snippets of observation in my environment. Lines are jumping out on me in almost anything – stripes on cloth, wires and cables, plants and grasses, architecture and streets just to name a few.
After growing up in my mother’s pottery I trained professionally at college in Austria and Germany for 6 years. I set up business in Cambridge in 2011 and have been given the silver award 2013 by Craft and Design magazine in the ceramic category. In 2014 I was chosen to participate in the Crafts Councils Hot House program.