Dia. 22 cm
About the Artist
Kat Wheeler studied ceramics at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, Tennessee. She completed a semester study abroad at the Australia National University in 2007, before earning her B.F.A. in Ceramics in 2008. While studying, Kat worked part time for established studio potters Judy Brater and Peter Rose. Peter became a significant mentor to Kat, encouraging her to pursue opportunities to travel and work. She learned valuable studio practice and production techniques while maintaining the workshop and helping fire Peter’s two chambered wood kiln.
Kat moved to St Ives to work at the Leach Pottery in 2009, where she currently holds the position of Deputy Studio Manager. In 2015, Kat went to Mashiko and did a 10 week residency at the Hamada Workshop. Her experimentations with Hakeme brush decorations in Mashiko became a catalyst for her recent work here in St Ives.
While continuing to work at the Leach Pottery, Kat has taken on a workshop for the development and production of her own work in the Gaolyard Studios, St Ives.
About the Leach Pottery
Founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, the Leach Pottery, St Ives, is among the most respected and influential potteries in the world. Over the last hundred years it has forged the shape of Studio Pottery in the UK and beyond. Scores of potters, students and apprentices, from across the world have come to the Leach Pottery to train, creating a uniquely international environment in the heart of Cornwall and maintaining the Pottery's creative principle of East/West exchange. Today, the Leach Pottery Studio, Museum and Gallery continue developing Bernard Leach's historic legacy.
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