Copyright 2019 Kate Welton, all rights reserved
My collection of contemporary stoneware places an emphasis on simplicity of form; the soft profiles of the wheel-thrown pieces inviting interaction and use. Decorated in a muted colour palette to reflect my rural setting, the pots exude a sense of calm and earthy functionality.
Surface designs take inspiration from the simple beauty of old gardening tools gathered from my grandfather's shed. Drawing is integral to my practice, and I explore the tools through loose, abstract mark-making to develop a catalogue of designs. These are translated onto the surface of my pots using slips (liquid clay), and layers of colour are gradually built up; soft greens and blues intersperse with bolder yellows and greys. Crisp stencils and mono-prints contrast with fluid brushstrokes and sgraffito marks, adding depth and subtlety to the collection.
1st Class BA (Hons) Design Crafts, De Montfort University, Leicester, 2012-2015
Potclays Graduate Award 2015
Selected Exhibitions and Shows
ACE Trade Show, exhibiting with Design Nation, Brighton, 27.02.19-01.03.19
British Crafts at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Suffolk, December 2018
Handmade at Kew, Kew Gardens 04.10.18-07.10.18
Taste Exhibition, The Byre Gallery, Millbrook, Cornwall, 24.03.18-03.06.18
CRAFT at Top Drawer, Olympia, London, 14.01.18 - 16.01.18
MAKE '17, Contemporary Crafts for Christmas, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey 18.11.17 – 07.01.18
Design Factory EMERGE Exhibition, Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge, 30.07.17-08.10.17
Anglian Potters Summer Exhibition, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 12.08.17-27.08.17
Lustre, Lakeside Arts, Nottingham, November 2016
'Beneath the Surface' Ceramic Showcase, The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds, 03.05.16-30.07.16
MADE LONDON Bloomsbury, Mary Ward House, London, April 2016
I am a member of Design Nation and Anglian Potters. To view my profiles for these organisations please click on the logos.