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Ceramicist and illustrator Katy Stubbs

© Katy Stubbs, Oh Fuck, 2017

© Katy Stubbs, Oh Fuck, 2017

“I’m always thinking of ways to make things more complicated.”

Name

Katy Stubbs

    Profession

Artist

    Website

katystubbs.com

© Katy Stubbs

© Katy Stubbs

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

© Katy Stubbs, Susanna and the Elders, 2018

© Katy Stubbs, Susanna and the Elders, 2018

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.

© Katy Stubbs, Leaning Tower of Pisa, 2018

© Katy Stubbs, Leaning Tower of Pisa, 2018

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.

© Katy Stubbs, Judith with the Head of Holofernes, 2018

© Katy Stubbs, Judith with the Head of Holofernes, 2018

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.

© Katy Stubbs, Ladies by the Pool (1), 2017

© Katy Stubbs, Ladies by the Pool (1), 2017

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?

Both ‘Dancing on my Own’ by Robyn and What Strange God Designed Me by Tiny Tim

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