My creative process is comprised of contradictions and opposing interests. I am searching for a space where my ideas can meet material in an honest moment of expression. In responding to these moments I am continuously thinking about the relationships that exist in-between and how opposites can be held in balance with each other.
The elemental synthesis that occurs at every stage of making captures my curiosity. Be it my hand in action against the resistance of clay or the chemical reaction of two glazes meeting at a particular point. Wood ash and flame path are left behind on pots that were not long ago muddy, flexible and shaped by water. The relationship between these elements and the origins of these materials is where I choose to play.
Kate Kennedy works part-time as a studio potter from her home in Vancouver, BC. She primarily uses an electric kiln and is learning about atmospheric firing methods. She is interested in making comfortable functional pottery and also extends her practice to creating space and place.
She began working with clay as a hobby in 2014 and after several night courses, she decided to return to school and study ceramics professionally. In 2017, she received her Diploma in Studio Ceramics from the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC. She has since studied at the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina and apprenticed at Mill Creek Pottery in Illinois.
Kate has shown and sold her work across Canada and the US and can be found teaching pottery classes or working in horticulture and habitat restoration when she is not in her studio.