Kathryn creates intricate, intimate hand modeled sculptures that weave together tales of people, places and the natural world.
It is the small details of nature that inspire her. Whether she is looking at a fragment of lichen-encrusted bark or through a lens at a piece of coral, natural structures, textures and forms delight her.
As she explores these treasures, and delves into the history of the places in which they are found, Kathryn finds herself wanting to share their stories.
Through sculpture she selects and combines the elements that most fascinate her. Sometimes new species emerge… new wonders of the natural world that have been waiting to be discovered.
The materials used depend on the story Kathryn wants to tell; from porcelain plants to wildflower shoes made of sugar. Hand modelled porcelain is currently at the heart of Kathryn’s practice and she often combines this with found natural and vintage objects.
Porcelain’s preciousness, fragility and strength say something of how she perceives the natural world, and she enjoys the challenges of modelling this demanding clay using simple tools. Whatever the material, each of her sculptures is created by hand. Consequently, each one is unique, each one is a treasure.
Her work has been exhibited at The Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Centre for Craft & Design (solo exhibition, and group exhibition) and City Gallery Peterborough, and as site specific interventions at Burghley House, John Clare Cottage, Northampton Museum and Derby Museum. The Herbarium at Derby Museum now includes four tiny porcelain ‘lichen’ specimens.
Currently the Associate Artist with the John Clare Trust, Kathryn is a qualified teacher with experience in primary and adult education as well as running workshops. She has trained in ceramics, design, printmaking and sugarcraft.