Continuing our series of meet the makers we have Kathryn of Kathryn Lewis Ceramics.
Can you tell us a little about what you do?
I make hand crafted alternative ceramic art, specialising in skulls and hybrid sea creatures. I also produce jewellery, tea-light holders and decorative items, including seasonal ware.
How did you get started?
I have always loved making, especially with clay. I graduated from a degree in Ceramics in 2014, and have been exhibiting since.
Where are you from?
I was born in Somerset but have lived in different areas of Cardiff for most of my life. I love the area, it has so many different personalities and is a great hub for art , and culture.
What’s your favourite part of what you do?
The biggest enjoyment I have is working with the clay to create a 3D version of the ideas in my head, as well as being involved in exhibitions, and getting a chance to meet some of the people who love what I do.
What’s your favourite item to make?
I love my horned skulls. They are technically difficult, as they are made of three moulds, and each mould is made of many parts, all quite complicated to make, so seeing the end result is very satisfying.
What inspires you?
My practice is informed by a sense of narrative and mythology, and draws on allegories of death and legend. I examine concepts of divergence and contrast in fables and folklore. I am inspired by contrasts such as; life and death, light and dark, known and unknown, real and imaginary, memory and mindfulness. I am drawn to bold colours and textures, and surreal qualities.
What was your proudest moment?
Proudest life moment will always be my kids, and proudest art moment is my degree exhibition, creating my first large installation of about eighty ceramic artworks.
If you could pass any law what would it be?
Coming from an art background where every other person has dyspraxia or dyslexia or some other learning difficulty (because a large proportion of us choose to work in the arts), that every child gets assessed at primary school level, and is given the support and understanding needed to flourish.
If you won a million pounds what would you do?
Set up a new, fully equipped, specialist Ceramics group studio in Cardiff, and invite people in.
You can find Kathryn on Etsy at any time, and of course she will be with us at Tramshed on the 4th of December with her amazing makes!