artist + teacher + maker
Hi. I'm Katt...
And I’m a compulsive puzzle solver that thrives on juggling chaos.
Years ago I made two promises to myself: not to succumb to the daily grind of a 9-5 and to never make something that I myself wouldn’t want to be a part of my world. As a studio production artist vending my wares every weekend and an all ages teacher, I’ve been able to keep both by discovering the most efficient way to make my work.
My studio is a chaotic whirlwind of process and materials. Plaster molds for slip casting ceramic work tower on shelves in corners next to a perpetually clay speckled pottery wheel. Cups wait for handles, huddled in vast batches across the canvas tabletop, while ceramic brain bowls sit patiently on trays to be glazed. There is always something to do in every step of the clay process.
Constant, cyclical, ceaseless.
Wonder is a key element of my process. Experiencing something new fuels my own practice and informs my teaching philosophy. Why do something if it’s not engaging, if it doesn’t push you forward? This is where the juggling skills are honed.
As a studio artist, how can I keep myself engaged in my work, push my own boundaries, AND maintain a stable existence? With a playful openness and merciless persistence, I continue to discover these answers.
2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft ‐ Ceramics –
Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland OR
2015-current Individual clay classes, The Shop, Portland OR
2013-current Heartwood Preschool, Portland OR
2014-2016 Resident Artist/Mentor, VSAA, Vancouver WA
Menuca Visiting Artist
Ceramic Image Transfer Workshop
Mold Making Workshop
2014 Resident Artist, Winterhaven K-12, Milwaukee OR
8th Grade Ceramic Garden Installation Project
YoungWonders Preschool, Portland OR
2013 Clay Classes at Winterhaven K-12, Milwaukee OR
2012-14 Workshops/Classes @ The Portland Child Art Studio
Art Classes for Home School Children
2009-12 Creative Ceramics – (ages 5-10) –PCM
Art Summer Camp – Portland Children’s Museum
2016-current assistant to Kristy Lombard, Portland OR
2014 assisted Alex Farnham, Gorge Glasshaus, Troutdale
2013 The Ubiquitous Cup, Shane Blitch, OCAC
2012 workshop, ArtStream Nomadic Gallery, OCAC
workshop with Marry Barringer, OCAC
2011 assistant, Pate de Verre, Debrah Horrel, OCAC
workshop with Doug Browe, OCAC
2010 assistant, SKUTT Kiln Doctor, OCAC
2014 Resident Artist, VSAA, Vancouver WA
2016 Friends Make Stuff, The Shop, Portland OR
2013 Clay As Narrative, Georgie’s Gallery, Portland OR
Alumni Show, Hoffman Gallery OCAC, Portland OR
Drinking Vessels, Georgie's Gallery, Portland OR
2012 Around Oregon Annual, The Arts Center, Corvallis OR
ten.four, NW 10th & Hoyt, Portland OR
2010-11 California Conference for the Advancement
of Ceramic Art, Davis CA
Ceramics Show, Centrum Gallery OCAC, Portland OR
2010 Juried Show, Hoffman Gallery, Portland OR
2009 Ceramics Show, Centrum Gallery OCAC, Portland OR
Shows + Sales + Galleries
2016-current Portland Saturday Market
2016-current Hammer + Vine
2015-current Rutabaga Redesign
2013-current Jim Koudelka and Janet Buskirk's
Spring and Holiday Studio Sales
2012-current Siren Nation
2013 Crafty Underdog
Hip Happening Bazaar
2012 Portland Waldorf School Holiday Sale
2009-13 OCAC Student and Alumni and Holiday Sale
hand building/wheel throwing
small scale welding
Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
clay & glaze
pork sausage casings
So Live It Good.
Kids know the cure for boredom: ask questions, lots of questions.
I've never grown out of this mindset. I let this child-like sense of discovery guide my process for making.
I love building things. All kinds of things with all kinds of materials.
I’ve found that clay has an infiniteness that makes its options endless, ensuring that I don’t get bored.
I realize, though, that I am an adult and my realities are this world.
I’m interested in where the line blends between childhood and adulthood, a vast grey space where I feel most comfortable.
My conceptual work reveals the influences of my own experiences.
It’s a personal reflection of the world around me -
Playful with a splash of jaded reality, on the rocks.