“My journey with clay started at school where I really enjoyed sculpting with clay. This led to me doing a 2 year foundation in General Art & Design at Huddersfield Polytechnic. I found that coiling and making pots came naturally to me and my love of hand building continues to this day. It was here that I first came across the Raku process as we were lucky enough to have David Roberts, a well known and respected authority on Raku, as a visiting lecturer.
I went on to do a BA Hons in Ceramics at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. I continued experimenting with coiling and low fired ceramics and once again one of my lecturers was an authority on Raku, David Jones.
After college I moved to Cardiff and had a space in the pottery at Cardiff City Farm for a few years, before relocating to Brighton.
I had a studio at the Phoenix Gallery and my practise expanded into mixed media and installation, whilst still exploring the Raku process, sawdust and pit firings as part of Earth Kilns at Stanmer Park, Brighton.
The birth of my son, Leon in 2007 and another move, this time to West Cornwall, led me back to my first love of ceramics.
I now specialise in hand built Raku fired ceramics. I also run Raku courses from my studio near Penzance.”
The collection of work by Catherine that we exhibit at the Customs House Gallery changes frequently as each piece is so unique. Please contact us should you wish to enquire about our current range.