1-31 October 2013
Kate Stevens loves clay, from the first time she touched it she felt compelled to create with it. Kate makes pieces that aren’t necessarily what you’d expect to find in clay – a lot of her pieces have a bit of whimsy or melancholy. She also likes to be playful with traditional pottery ideas. She uses traditional clay transfers in unusual ways, a generic pattern seen a hundred times on mass-produced ceramic bowls will pop up on her sculptures as the pattern on the outfit of a melancholy mouse or a the costume of the lesser-known superhero ‘Catman’. Kate is not a big planner or sketcher; she often has the spark of an idea, and with that in mind starts working and lets the clay take her where it wants to.
Kate draws inspiration from all over; commissions are obviously her interpretation of other people’s thoughts – be they vague or detailed. Of course they’re always delivered with a distinctly ceramic snippets twist! Some of her work is functional, but she particularly likes working on small sculptures; little pieces that can sit anywhere or be popped in unexpected places to catch the eye.
Very rarely does Kate make a similar piece twice and she definitely doesn’t mass-reproduce; she wants her art to be inimitable. She feels her love of clay should never be a chore – what she makes comes from the heart and mind, flows out of her hands and into the clay, and when a piece gets passed on, that’s a little snippet of her going to someone else. She is in love with sculpting in clay and wants to share this love with the world! Kate's aim is to make affordable art pieces that enchant and enliven the imagination of the recipient.
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