Kathleen Standen

Keamore South Farm,
Co. Cork.

E: kateatkeamore@googlemail.com
W: http://www.kathleenstanden.com/


Kathleen Standen was born in London in an Irish artistic family. She studied Marine Biology at Bangor, University of North Wales, and then went into a career in teaching.

Having held a long term interest in ceramics, she left teaching and enrolled on a degree course in ceramics at the London Metropolitan University. Since graduating in 2005 she has been selected to exhibit in group shows in Ireland and the UK.
She recently was joint winner of the Contemporary Ceramics Award 2010 by Millcove Gallery, Castletownbere. In addition, she has been selected for the Irish representation in the FuLe museums in Fuping, China in 2011.

Kathleen is currently writing a book for the A & C Black Visual Arts Handbook Series on ‘Additions to Clay Bodies.’

2012 Exhibitions:

Selected exhibitions:

Our relationship with the environment is the theme behind Kathleen’s work. The economic demands of the fishing industry together with the recent surge in house building, has impacted on coastal ecosystems. Kathleen’s ceramics seeks to explore the tension between these factors.

Kathleen’s work also references artists who are known for their paintings of the West of Ireland. Five artists and five paintings were chosen: Sean Keating, Grace and Paul Henry, Gerald Dillon and her father Joseph Quilty. She has endeavoured to capture the raw simplicity or possibly nostalgia evoked by the paintings, but in an ironic twist they are incorporated into machine inspired forms.

‘Industrial beachcombing’, in the fishing villages of West Cork and by the River Thames in London, is central to Kathleen’s ceramics. Taking inspiration from machinery used in these locations, both current and redundant, such as buoys, winches and pulleys, her forms emerge from moulds via carving and breaking.

The eroded and disintegrating surfaces, together with the colours and glazes emulate the forces of nature. Some forms have porcelain vessels which are placed on their ‘plinths’ as if by chance.

Coloured porcelain clay, made from dry raw minerals, is used for all forms, which are fired to 1220 degrees centigrade in an electric kiln.

New Publication

The publishing date for Kates book "Additions to Clay Bodies" is May 2013. 

Beginning with an introduction to collecting local clay and making your own clay bodies, the book moves on to cover the array of additions being used by artists today, from hard materials like stones, glass and rust, to combustible matter and fibre, metals including wire and mesh, and colour in various forms. The book is lavishly illustrated throughout with both unique making methods and the beautiful finished works of ceramic artists from around the world.

Additions to Clay Bodies is an inspiring introduction to the art of using additions and an essential companion for any artist wishing to expand their practice.

Go to Bloomsbury Publishing to find out more and make an order.


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