Artist's 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. 

Kat lives in Leek, Staffordshire and works in Stoke-on-Trent, UK.


Selected exhibitions, popups, stockists etc

'Newcomers' at Valentines Clays, Stoke-on-Trent (group exhibition)

'Interior Space' at Gallery57, Arundel, W. Sussex (group exhibition)

Elena Caponi Studios, Salone del Mobile 2017, Milan, Italy (loan of selected pieces)

Midgley Green, Clevedon

Napé Gallery, Venice  

'Detritus series' shown at &Collective, Bridge of Allan, Stirling

The State of Clay at London Design Festival - at Milliken's Clerkenwell Showroom

Clay Comrades at the Lost Gardens of Stoke-on-Trent - Group commission

Turning Earth Summer show - group show at the Turning Earth studio, London

Ready to Ware - group show at the Columbia Road Arts Club, London

Aug - Sept 2017

 

April - July 2017

 

May 2017

 

March 2017 - ongoing

Dec 2016 - ongoing

Oct - Dec 2016

 

Sept 2016

Sept 2016

 

July 2015

 

Nov 2014


Ceramics and Art Education

BCB Open Studio, Stoke-on-Trent - Member of British Ceramics Biennial open studio

Leek and Buxton College, Staffordshire -  Pottery and Ceramic sculpture evening class

Turning Earth, London - Member of Turning Earth open access studio

Tower Hamlets Lifelong Learning Service, London - Throwing and Hand-building evening class

Universidad Popular, Gijón, Spain - Ceramics evening classes

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

March 2016 - ongoing

 

Sept 2015 - March 2016

 

Feb 2014 - Aug 2015

 

Sept 2011 - Dec 2013

 

Sept 2008 - June 2010

 

Sept 1997 - July 2001


Recent work history

External Projects Manager - Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

Grants Officer (Ecominds, Time to Change, Side by Side - Mind, London, UK

Project Co-ordinator - FASAD, (Fundación Asturiana de Atención y Protección a Personas con Discapacidades y /o Dependencias), Spain

August 2015 - ongoing

 

August 2010 - August 2015

 

September 2008 - July 2010