Choosing to go to art college was a very clear and obvious descision for me, as one of the only things I had loved at school, was art. I first touched clay, on my foundation course and became interested in working three dimensionally. So I set off for a degree course, but left after the first year. Five years later I found a part time ceramics course at City Lit , which got me back on track and from there, went on to complete a degree in ceramics at Camberwell College of Art in 1998.
She set up a studio with five others, at The Arches in Peckham, south London and began to make and show her work. She worked for many other artists during this time, learning new techniques and practices, among them :Oriel Harwood and Anthony Gormley. She also trained as an art teacher in 2002 and taught for 15 years along side continuing with her own work. She is now a full time artist focused on her own career.
Catherine had an interest in anatomy and had regularly practised life drawing. This developed further during her time at Camberwell, where she felt compelled to build the figure, and started focusing on the female form. She played with proportion: making big exaggerated feet and extended the legs. This created tall elegant forms but with a sense of power.
Catherine 's work celebrates the human form, but there is also a strong narrative about journey and looking for direction. The large feet of power and strength and the binoculars peering into the distance, looking, learning, questioning , focusing and searching.
Her sculptures vary in size, from small shelf sitters to larger tall standing figures. They are all hand build out of crank clay and fired high with stoneware glazes. Usually with earthy coloured glazes like: the rusty sparkly lithium (SR), the feet are often decorated with red decals. Her work sells through galleries, art fairs and now on line.
Will & Yates
104-106 High street
Byard Art Gallery.
14 Kings Parade
Two Kats and a Cow.
167 Kings Rd Arches.
01273 776 746
Henry Paddon Art Gallery
113 South Street