Artist statement

Kat Evans’ asymmetrical sculptures speak of the processes that made them: pinching, coiling and paddling. Hours of careful and deliberate burnishing create a perfectly smooth canvas for a dramatic, but intentional, smoke firing. 

Kat collects and receives combustible materials including dry leaves, seed heads, coffee grounds and horse hair. The white hot sculptures are removed from the raku kiln and immediately brought into contact with this detritus. At this point, control gives way to chance. Time stops. The still porous surfaces record the smoke patterns. 

Work which survives the thermal shock is cleaned and polished. The resulting sculptures encourage interaction: touching the unglazed surface and viewing the angular shapes from different perspectives. 


Selected exhibitions and shows

Sept 2018, Clay Studio Exhibition, Manchester

Mar 2018, Unfolding, Gallery57, Arundel

Aug 2017, Newcomers, Valentines Clays, Stoke-on-Trent

April 2017, Elena Caponi Studios at Salone del Mobile, Milan

Jan 2017, Napé Gallery, Venice

Oct 2016, &Collective Gallery, Bridge of Allan

Sept 2016, The State of Clay exhibition as part of London Design Festival


Education

2015 - 2016, Pottery and Ceramic Sculpture classes, Leek and Buxton College

2011 - 2013, Throwing and Hand-building classes, Tower Hamlets Lifelong Learning Service, London

2008 - 2010, Ceramics classes, Universidad Popular, Gijón,  

1998 - 2001, Joint Honours Degree in Art History and English Literature, University of Kent at Canterbury,