Katharina Klug is a ceramic artist who works and lives in Cambridge/ Cherry Hinton. Her work is about simplicity of design and form. She is drawn to creating vessels of all kinds, and she is inspired by the elemental colour and shape of ancient Korean pottery. She makes each piece as a one-off, but creates small series when she works on a theme. When creating the pot, she tries to achieve balance and stability. When decorating, she uses natural forms and rudimentary patterns which are pressed, scraped, or stuck to the pot’s surface. She is also developing a collection of wall hangings - abstract ceramic pictures that use colour but also textures.
She makes her pots out of porcelain on an electric potter’s wheel. She has a large collection of tools and found objects that she uses to texture and decorate the surface of her work; shells, cutlery, credit cards, saw blades and cocktail sticks to name a few. She is always searching for objects that can create interesting patterns. In realising her designs and she employs several techniques, carving features heavily but also using wax resist, scrafito and special crayons.
She mixes glazes using her own recipes developed and refined since she began working as a potter. She achieves most of her colours from oxides such as copper and cobalt. All her work is fired to 1260C in an electric kiln.
What she loves about ceramic is that it starts of as a soft lump and can become pretty much anything you want it to be. After the firing it is hard and durable and can survive centuries. But at the same time it’s fragile and can be broken into pieces.
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