Kate is the proud owner of Willow the cat, ‘whose life of luxurious food and sleep I rather envy!’ she adds. She hearts Pina Coladas, musical theatre, gelato, laughing with friends over wine, water sports and holidays to the mountains on North Wales (‘where my grandparents live’).
‘I love living in London,’ concludes Kate, ‘building my own creative life and living my dream!’
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m a mould maker and slip caster for ceramic batch production and one off commissions, based in the heart of North London. I’m happiest pottering around in my studio, getting my hands messy, playing with plaster and clay, although I usually end up wearing most of it! I love working with all different kinds of designers and artists, taking their designs and turning them into a 3D ceramic reality.
Since graduating from Central Saint Martins, Ceramics Design BA course in 2009 I have worked for various ceramic designers and artists doing various internships. They have been invaluable in helping and teaching me about commercial creative practises.
With two years worth of experience I decided it was time to step out on my own and in September 2011 Kiss Me Kate Ceramics was born. Since then I have been fortunate enough to have had lots of clients. Each job is different, new and exciting but not without its challenges. It’s that balance that gives me a buzz and makes me want to get up and get straight into work every morning.
I have a lot of inspirations! I love flowers, particularly wild flowers. I am inspired by old vintage china, the florals, the colours, the gold lustre, the shapes, the decadence of taking time for tea and cake! I’m a bit obsessed with upcycling and ceramicising (yes that is a made up word) random objects. My biggest inspirations are shape and form. I’ve got a 3D brain so my mind responds to interesting shapes and forms, no matter where they’re found.
What is your favourite piece of work you have produced?
I’ve been very lucky in that I have had several really interesting commissions from making replicas of a vintage Czechoslovakian Face Plaque to making tea sets that are sold at the Oxo Tower. But I think my favourite piece that I’ve produced has been a Porcelain Paper Clay Chandelier [above]. Designed by uber talented lighting designer George Singer, the chandelier is made up of nearly 1000 paper thin porcelain paper clay discs that cascade down over a light source. The play of light and shadow through the translucent porcelain is beautiful. It’s probably the piece I’m most proud of.
I’m very fortunate to have a wide network of creative’s who I can count as friends. So, picking one is quite difficult. But I would have to say that my favourite creative has to be Helen Johannessen of Yo Yo Ceramics. Her pieces are functional, beautiful with a strong sense of fun and wit, as well as being so technically complicated!
I worked for Helen for six months as an intern and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done since graduating. Her technical knowledge is unbelievable as is her patience and love of sharing her knowledge. I owe the creation of Kiss Me Kate Ceramics to her, and one day I hope to be just as successful as her.
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