Katharina Klug meeting Wednesday 13th September 2023

 

 

Katharina Klug in person meeting

Wednesday 13th September 2023

 

Katharina will be joining us in person at: 

Polehampton C of E Junior School

Kibblewhite Crescent
Twyford
Berkshire

RG10 9AX

The meeting starts at 7:45
 
My name is Katharina Klug – I am a potter, artist, businesswoman, maker, designer depending on the time of day. The studio and my life are based in Cambridge UK. I was born in Austria and brought up to work with clay. My mother Annamaria is still making and running a Pottery in the village of Stainz. Since building a workshop and starting my practice in the UK, many exciting opportunities came my way. And now year by year I come closer to make the porcelain vessels I dream of.
 
Katharina Klug’s practice focuses primarily on the exploration of form, whilst striving for perfection in the shape of the vessel. In contrast, she deliberately embraces imperfections in her surface pattern designs, which she draws freehand onto each work using her trademark crayons. Her work is marked by strong opposites, not only between shape and pattern but between the inside and the outside colour and detail of her pots. 
 
“I would like you to enjoy my pots – whether you live in a contemporary modern home or in a traditional cottage, the work should sit comfortably. You touch it, clean it, fill it or just look at it. May it be a future heirloom with a timeless quality, that becomes part of its surroundings – to offer calm and space for contemplation to the viewer.”

SHAPE

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.

PATTERN
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.

COLOUR
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.

 

 

 

 

 

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