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Crafts Council Maker of the Week: Katharina Klug

Katharina Klug is exhibiting at Contemporary Ceramics Centre until 10 March

Our Directory Maker of the Week, Katharina Klug, talks to us about getting into making, what inspires her and her favourite part of the making process.

Who or what got you into making?

I grew up in rural Austria with a professional potter as a mother that has been running workshops and a gallery for over 40 years. A lot of other family members also work with craft such as glass, making musical instruments, metal work, fabric and of course ceramics. Making by hand and being self-employed was always part of the plan. 

Could you please tell us a bit about your work?

My work is focused on wheel-thrown porcelain which is the perfect canvas for my high contrast designs. I aim to create timeless vessels for contemporary interiors. Each piece is individually made from porcelain on the potter’s wheel, and I have developed a technique that lets me apply marks to the ceramic surface that reminds me of charcoal lines. Every line is drawn by hand which makes the work preserve the moment of making. The imperfections of the patterns make it lively, rough, immediate and unique but still holding an order or direction to bind them together.

What are your inspirations?

The narrative behind to my work is coming from snippets of observation in my environment. Lines jump out at me in almost any object – stripes on cloth, wires and cables, plants and grass, architecture and streets just to name a few. I also like to study historic shapes such as ancient Korean, old Austrian and German domestic farmhouse pottery. I look at the proportions and then modify and alter them to create my own work.

What is your favourite part of the making process?

Being on the wheel and creating shapes is what I do best and therefore can enjoy with ease.

What are you working on right now?

My newest project is on the theme of scullery vessels. These forms had a very specific function in food preparation so this determines their proportions and shapes. I still have to do a lot of research and work to do before I will be able to show the outcome. Another new project is that I will be collaborating with a friend and photographer Zuza Grubecka. We are in the process of creating a series of images about "Touch" - specifically touching pots. We hope to show some first prints at Ceramic Art London this year.

See Katharina’s work as part of Porcelain3 at Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London until 10 March.

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