Katherine Maloney "Bobcat Bottle"
white stoneware, oxide wash
wheel thrown, sculpted, and carved; fired to cone 10 in a salt/soda wood kiln
9" x 4" x 4"
"The Animal Bottle series started off my current body of work which integrates animal sculpture with wheel thrown vessels. While their “function” is subjective, the bottles are simply metaphorical containers for the animal’s vitality. The bobcat is a regal, patient, and cunning creature, characteristics which I attempted to capture in my sculpture and inspire for the viewer."
During my summer assistantship at Peters Valley School of Craft, I increased my knowledge greatly about specific ceramics techniques and also what goes into facilitating a workshop. I was able to observe many different teachers and their specific styles while also the logistical aspect of packing so much into a 3 or 5 day class. These experiences have helped shape my own style of teaching and led to opportunities for leading workshops this coming year. My time at Peters Valley was incredibly productive by both helping me form ideas and projects through conversations with the teachers and students, while also providing insight for the multiple paths where a ceramics career can find success.Katherine Maloney, Cologne, VA
Katherine sculpts animal figures with white stoneware and often incorporates them with wheel thrown vessels to visually place the animals in gestures of honor and integrity. She fires in electric and wood kilns, accentuating preciousness and detail with glazes and spontaneity of ash and flame. Her practice in ceramics began at age eleven and continued with a B.A degree from Guilford College where she studied under Charlie Tefft. During study abroad in Southwest China (2012), Katherine apprenticed with Tibetan Nixi Potter, Sun Nuo QiLing, which greatly influenced her current body of work. She has been an artist in resident at Starworks Clay studio (2016-17), Mars Hill University (2019), and a summer studio assistant with Bruce Dehnert at Peters Valley School of Craft (2018). She has exhibited throughout the East Coast in juried gallery and fine art shows, including Baltimore Clayworks, Starworks Gallery, Peters Valley School of Craft, The Smithsonian Craft Show, and Morean Center for Clay. Katherine currently lives and works in Southeastern Virginia at her studio on the family farm.
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