Art - figures in clay

Kay's Bio/artist statement

I enjoy sculpting in clay - it is a malleable and tactile medium and therefore very expressive. 

My ceramic practice focuses on the human figure and through it I explore the human psyche as expressed in gesture, expression and movement. I draw on my own emotional history and from observing and interpreting the moods and behaviours of others.

Influences: Anthony Gormley, Debra Fritts, Michelle Gregor, Alberto Giacometti, Frida Kahlo, Amadeo Modigliani, Auguste Rodin, Marino Marini, Degas.

Daily practice in the studio since 2006 has developed handbuilding techniques, form and posture.  This involves experimenting with clays and firing temperatures, the application of surfaces using oxides, stains and glazes and multiple firings.

Observation of anatomy, likeness and proportion is learned through sculpting (and drawing) from life to represent the human figure.  Research suggests there are few NZ artists who work in the same arena in clay.

March 2017 a one week intensive with American ceramic artist Mary Susan Cate at Tucson, Arizona learning technique and US ceramic practices. Visiting public art museums in San Francisco and Santa Fe, New Mexico gave great insights into that country’s art and ceramics culture.

Research, mentoring with established artists, short courses and workshops informs and influences my work.

Awards finalist: EAST 2021 finalist, NZ Small Sculpture Prize 2021, Portage 2016 (shortlisted), 2015, Waiclay Awards 2014  

2004 EIT School of Art & Design, full time, 13-week Level 3 - first introduced to sculpture in clay.

‘Waiting (for life to begin)’ a solo exhibition at The Hastings City Art Gallery, Holt Gallery showing from 19 May – 24 June 2018.  Features a group of 12 50+cm tall standing figures in red raku, seeming to interact with each other.  ‘Waiting’ received extraordinary public interest and excellent reviews.

The year of preparation for this exhibition has been a significant learning experience in my life as an artist.

Other exhibitions: see page Exhibition History