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Kathy King Workshop

I Love Surface - 2004

Attendees will receive instruction on a wide range of surface techniques including sgraffito, stenciling, china painting, use of slips and underglazes, use of Cone 6 glazes, and print transfer techniques. Kathy will teach you to personalize and add meaning to your work with discussion emphasis on the use of visual imagery and narrative. Focused on functional ceramic forms and tile work, Kathy will explain her influences and how these manifest in her work. This will be a thought-provoking weekend that enables you to take the surface of your work to a new level of sophistication.

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Artist talk w/slides
October 8, 2004, 7:00 pm
Free to the public
Two day Workshop
Demonstration October 9-10, 2004
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Kathy King Bio

Kathy King received her MFA from University of Florida in 1998. She received a BA in Studio Art from Connecticut College in 1990. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Ceramics at Georgia State University and studio artist in Atlanta, GA.

She has been an instructor of ceramics at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at the Harvard Ceramics Studio (formerly Radcliffe) where she was also the Artist-in-Residence. Prior to that, King has been a Visiting Artist at the Cleveland Institute of Art as well as an Assistant Professor of Art for both Foundation Art and Ceramics at Connecticut College in New London, CT. She has most recently given ceramic workshops at The Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC, Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, OH, Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts in Asheville, NC and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Massachusetts.

King was featured as an Emerging Artist at the 1999 NCECA conference in Columbus, OH and a demonstrator at the 2002 NCECA conference in Kansas City, MO. She had a solo show at SPACE Lab in Cleveland, OH in 1999 and she had her first museum exhibition at the Erie Art Museum in Erie, PA in Fall 2002. Her recent exhibitions include "Taking Measure: American Ceramic Art at the New Millennium" at the World Ceramics Exposition 2001, Seoul, Korea, "National Ceramic Invitational" Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC, "Emerging Artists" at the Works Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, "Porcelain 2000" at Esmay Gallery in Rochester, NY, "Artists on Their Own" at Greenwich House Pottery in New York, NY, "Emerging Artists of the U.S." at the Vermont Clay Studio" and "Narrative Ceramics" at Odyssey Gallery in Asheville, NC.

Her work has been published in the books The Art of Contemporary American Pottery by Kevin A. Hulch, Teapots Transformed by Leslie Ferrin, Handbuilt Tableware by Kathy Triplett and The Glaze Handbook by Mark Burelson. Her work has also been featured in Studio Potter, Ceramics Art and Perception, NCECA Journal and Ceramics Monthly magazines.

Kathy King Artist Statement

In ancient times, Greek potters surfaced their ceramic vases with images of heroic mythology, religious ritual and drunken feasts attended by both gods and mortals. Each epic story played out upon the surface of the pot acting as a self-contained morality play thus preserving, in part, their culture for the ages. At the dawn of this millennium, I find myself inspired by these same artists, as I, a contemporary woman, attempt to depict the epic struggles of my own world. Included among these struggles are truth, beauty, love, hate, and vices (as well as unwanted facial hair).

From childhood onward, human beings are taught to surround themselves with substances to consume and adorn themselves with. The need arose to create containers that not only provided a function but also amplified the experience of the user. From the Attic Vase to the 20th century novelty coffee mug, much about the societies that provided these vessels can be read from the images on the pots. Our ability to reference the ceramic object through the functional use, decorative beauty, or historical placement, confers strength upon ceramics as a powerful vehicle for commenting on contemporary, cultural issues.

In my work I use ceramic vessels, tiled furniture and printmaking, either separately or combined in installations, which present narratives from a woman's point of view. My ideas are influenced by personal experience, and I often use myself as a character in the work. This presentation of personal narrative on ceramics through satirical humor, irony and sarcasm allows me to both celebrate and poke fun at my gender as well as myself. The combination of narrative presented on the surface, united with the contents or each vessel, allow a dialogue between function and narrative. Though each pot's narrative may contain the equivalent of a one-line joke, when the pieces are considered together they convey a singular theme in a serial format.

I am interested in mapping the ways that popular culture - including comic books, magazines, television shows, films, and a host of other forms help to shape and change how our culture views women. Popular culture does not simply reflect women's lives; it helps to create them and so demands critical scrutiny. My ultimate objective is to translate my own personal experience in relation to my culture, through narrative imagery on the utilitarian ceramic form. When I present these works in an installation, the stage is then set for my own epic tale of the struggles of mortals within our society. Though the urgency of these issues may range anywhere between morality to finding the right brand of cellulite cream, collectively, the human experience is recorded, as told through the voice of one woman.