“I’m always thinking of ways to make things more complicated.”
Who are you? What do yo do?
I am Katy and I am a ceramicist and illustrator.
Where are you from?
I am originally from Cape Town but I grew up in London.
Your style in 3 words?
Intricate, comical, allegorical
Your weakness? Your strength?
My weakness is how incredibly slow I am and that I’m always thinking of ways to make things more complicated.
My strength is that I never cut corners and I have a good eye for detail.
What makes you different?
How long my toes are.
When did you decide to become a ceramicist and illustrator?
Probably about 5 years ago when my art started to look and be its own thing instead of looking like things I liked. That’s when I really began to love it.
What do you find most fascinating about the creative process?
I love that I can make all aspects of a piece. It’s not just painting on to a canvas that already has a set form. I get to use the ceramic shapes to help tell my story.
A few words about your favourite creation?
One of the most recent things I made is my favourite (which is a relief as it means I am not getting worse). It’s a big plate depicting the Biblical story of Susanna and the Elders. I think it’s kind of funny at the same time as being pretty creepy.
Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…
The Simpsons, Edward Gorey and Annie Proulx.
A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?
I have quite a few new ideas mostly about vases and cowboys.
Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“
Sid and Bee, my dogs.
2018: Where are we going?
Hopefully towards some money.
When the going gets tough…
Have a sleep.
Your city’s favourite spots?
Pretty much all the parks in London are great places to hang out.
Do you have a vision?
To be very famous.
What would you do if you could change the World?
Maybe to have a worldwide uniform. I find getting dressed really tiring.
Tell us about your future plans…
I am moving studio in a couple of months and I am hoping to get my own kiln (fingers crossed)
Last but not least: what is your favourite Song?
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