Kathy King Workshop
Stacks of Sgraffito - September 26-28, 2014
Kathy King presents a three-day, hands-on workshop that focuses on a wide range of surface techniques including sgraffito, mishima and print transfer techniques using slips and underglazes that will ultimately be fired with translucent, Cone 6 glazes. King’s work is rich in narrative and she will also share her personal anecdotes and share how they manifest in her work. This will be a thought-provoking workshop that enables you to take the surface of your work to a new level of sophistication.
Beginning with either wheel-thrown or hand built forms, King will teach you how to personalize and add meaning to your work with discussion emphasis on the use of visual imagery and narrative. In addition to hands-on work time, participants will be able to play with a variety of techniques geared towards composition and meaning to bring back to their own studio process.
Class size 16. Particpants may hand-build or throw. Please let us know which method of construction you will be using when we confirm your registration.
September 26-28, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Kathy King at MudFire
Kathy King solo show, July 2011
Gallery group show Mug*Shots, August 2009
Gallery group show American Masters, May 2008
Workshop presenter Photo/Graphic Imaging On Clay, August 2007
Gallery group show Teapots A-Go-Go, April 2006
Workshop presenter I Heart Surface, October 2004
Kathy King Artist Bio
King resides in Boston, MA and holds the position of Director of Education at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard. In addition to maintaining her own studio practice, she has been a Visiting Faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI and University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, MA. She held the position of Associate Professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia until 2007. She has given workshops and lectures at over fifty colleges, universities, schools and art centers throughout the USA.
The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) has featured King as an Emerging Artist in 1999, a Demonstrating Artist in 2002 and most recently a co-juror with Mark Burns for the 2012 National Student Juried Show. Her curatorial efforts have also included exhibitions for the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, The Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, FL and Mudfire Gallery in Atlanta, GA. Her narrative vessels, tiled furniture and printmaking, either presented individually, or combined in installation, present narratives from a feminist point of view. Her ultimate objective is to translate her own experience, specifically as a contemporary woman, in relation to social culture dealing with such issues as sexual orientation, reproduction and issues of the body and gender. Her imagery, reminiscent of an underground comic book style, uses satirical humor, irony and sarcasm to map her journey from pubescence to menopause.
Her exhibition record includes solo shows at Mudfire Gallery in Atlanta, GA, Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC, Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville, NC, The Erie Museum of Art, Erie, PA, McMaster Gallery - University of South Carolina, Columbus, SC, University of West Georgia, Carrolton, GA and Spacelab in Cleveland, OH. Group exhibitions include Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA, SOFA (Sculptural Objects Functional Art + Design) Expo, Chicago, IL (Ferrin Gallery and Santa Fe Clay Gallery), World Ceramic Exposition, Yoju, Korea, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC, Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD and Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, MA. Her work is held in the collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama in addition to numerous private collections.
Her work has been featured in Confrontational Ceramics by Judith Schwartz, Sex Pots by Paul Mathieu, The Art of Contemporary American Pottery by Kevin A. Hulch, 200 Plates and Chargers by Lark Books, Teapots Transformed by Leslie Ferrin and Handbuilt Tableware by Kathy Triplett. Her work can also be found in numerous periodicals including Ceramics: Art and Perception, Studio Potter, Clay Times, Art Papers and Ceramics Monthly.
Kathy King Artist Statement
My work centers on the presentation of narrative through ceramic vessels, tile work and printmaking, either separately or combined in installation, with a feminist point of view. I am interested in mapping the ways popular culture not only reflects women’s lives, but also shapes them. It is this influence that demands critical examination.
The use of satirical humor, irony and sarcasm often provides a seductive vehicle to approach issues of gender and sexuality within my work. The combination of narrative presented on the surface, united with the intended utility of each vessel, allows a dialogue between the essence of the object and its narrative. Individually, each pot’s narrative may convey a singular thought, but when the work is considered together in a serial format, the story unfolds.