Katharina Klug in person meeting
Wednesday 13th September 2023
Katharina will be joining us in person at:
Polehampton C of E Junior School
My work as a ceramic artist focuses primarily on the exploration of shapes on the pottery wheel. This tool allows me to find endless variations on an old theme: the vessel. When working on the wheel I play with proportion and detail to craft a visually pleasing object. Starting with a lump of clay and transforming it into a finished piece using only my hands fills me with pride. I feel a continuous drive to improve and learn, to hone and grow my craftsmanship.
While striving for perfection in the shape of the vessel, I deliberately embrace imperfections in my surface pattern designs. I draw freehand onto the form using my trademark crayons. These hand-drawn lines make the work lively, rough, immediate and unique and preserve the moment of mark- making. Inspiration comes from little snippets of observation in my environment. Lines are jumping out at me in almost anything – stripes on cloth, wires and cables, plants and grasses, architecture and streets to name a few.
The other integral part of my work is colour. My work is marked by strong opposites, not only between shape and pattern but also between the inside and the outside of my pots. Using my own glazes based on recipes which I developed and refined over the years, I create high contrast pieces. Black versus white, monochrome versus colorful, and glossy versus matt are central throughout my work.